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2021 Two Paddocks ‘Picnic’ Pinot Noir, Central Otago

Remember Alan Grant in Jurassic Park? It seems some people have it all, they excel at whatever they do. Two Paddocks was established by Kiwi actor Sam Neill (yes, Alan Grant from Jurassic Park) in 1993, Sam was raised in the South Island of New Zealand, and still calls it home. His love for wine pushed him to take a shot at making some. Initially Sam bought a paddock in Gibbston and aimed to grow a small amount of his favourite grape, Pinot Noir. He was simply aiming to produce enough wine for his friends and family. Back then, Central Otago was in the early days of winegrowing, so to buy and plant Two Paddocks was a huge leap of faith. Nowadays the region is planted 80% planted and has arguably been New Zealand’s most successful region with this variety.

Why do we like it? 

On the label, they have feature Alan’s grandfather, Sidney Neill, who was a wine Merchant and probably initiated Alan to wine. As the name suggests, “Picnic” is an everyday wine that is extremely enjoyable and a wonderful introduction to the pleasure of Central Otago Pinot Noir.  The fruit was sourced from Two Paddock’s own vineyards in Alexandra and Gibbston and Bannockburn. It has a well-defined, bright cherry fruit on the nose and juicy tannins with just a hint of charred oak on the finish. A hint of violet and earthy, savory aromas will find its way to the finish, so good!


Grape            Pinot Noir

Country        New Zealand                             

Region          Central Otago

Vintage         2021

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