Two Paddocks Pinot Noir is grown entirely on three small vineyards in Central Otago. In some vintages, Two Paddocks realise that one of these sites may have something extraordinary to say in its own right. It is only then that they make one of these rare single vineyard wines.
The Fusilier – a 5.6 hectare pinot paddock at the end of Felton Road, Bannockburn. Spicy dark black currant, violet and lifted herb aromatics. This leads to an elegant texturally driven wine showing a strong sense of place, density and interest.
The estate was established by actor Sam Neill in 1993 and is one of the most highly regarded in the region.
New Zealand born Sam Neill originally bought a paddock in Gibbston with the aim of producing a small amount of good quality Pinot Noir, enough to supply his friends and family. Two Paddocks has since grown into a serious wine company and the only winery to own vineyards in all three of Otago’s major wine valleys. There are now 4 small vineyards located in the Gibbston, Alexandra (Earnscleugh) and Bannockburn sub-regions. The vineyards are run on holistic principals which aims to naturally recycle all farm animal and vine by products back into composts and nutrient rich soil enhancers that are then applied to the vineyards. The vineyards are currently in transition to being fully organic. The estate is probably most famous for their single vineyard Pinot Noirs (The Fusilier, The First and The Last Chance) whilst the Picnic range is an entry point range consisting of an excellent Riesling and Pinot Noir.