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Jane Mitchell is one of Clare Valley's leading wine industry identities, Clare Valley Legend and Clare Valley Winemakers Hall of Fame, Centenary Federation of Australia Medal, SA Tourism Commission, Australian Regional Winemakers Forum, Wine Federation of Australia Council and Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Board. Mitchell's largest vineyard is at Watervale, a very bleak place in the middle of winter at pruning time. It is known by the vineyard workers as Alcatraz, a place to do penance in the cold, wind and rain of a Clare Valley winter. Alcatraz only ever yields minimal harvests, source of the most memorable vintages in our nation's.. These old clare valley vines are just getting better»
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Two Paddocks Estate Pinot Noir CONFIRM VINTAGE

Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand
An assemblage of fruit grown to several elite Central Otago sites, the estate flagship barrel selection, from the Sam Neill family vineyards, normally a selection picked off Gibbston First Paddock, Bannockburn's Fusilier and Earnscleugh's Red Bank. A charming effort in Burgundian styling, unequivocally world class, artisanally crafted Central Otago Pinot Noir. Each block and clone are picked and fermented separately, the final wine is assembled just before bottling. Small batch? You bet, a mere few hundred dozen are made each year.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$395.50
The original Sam Neill vineyard at the heart of Gibbston Valley. Low yielding vines allow grapes to slowly ripen in the classic cool climate manner. Vineyards are high density, planted to a range of clonal material and intensively man handled, nearly all vineyard practices are carried out by hand, to the exception of compost spreading. Ferments include a component of whole bunches treated to oak barrel vinification. Musts are cold soaked for several days and hand plunged throughout the ferments. Two Paddocks spends time macerating on skins, extracting tannin, colour and aromatics before being gently drained and pressed to small French oak barriques for a year.
Vibrant ruby color. Lifted perfumed nose, this wine exhibits dark cherry and plum fruit characters, with a concentrated herbal complexity, depth and persistence before a distinctive lengthy savoury finish. Classic Central Otago Pinot, complex yet elegant and well structured, full of wild spices. violets and luscious fruit.
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Two Paddocks is a small family wine producing business that is entirely dedicated to making great wine

Two Paddocks' three vineyards are located in Central Otago on the South Island of New Zealand. From this golden countryside, where old trails still wind through historic gold mines and ice blue lakes nestle below rugged mountains, comes some of the world's best Pinot Noir, a wine that will rival the great Pinot Noirs of Burgundy. It's the region's continental climate with its hot dry summers, cool autumns, and cold winters that provides the perfect environment to nurture the perfect grape. Add to that warm days and cool nights for colour and stability and the wine that results is nothing less than excellence.

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The winery started in 1993 with modest ambitions and initial plantings of five acres of Pinot Noir at the original little vineyard at Gibbston, Central Otago in the deep south of New Zealand. At the same time, winery friend Roger Donaldson planted the land next door, hence the name Two Paddocks. (Roger’s paddock proved to be a slow starter. His brand Sleeping Dogs, takes its name from the first film he and Two Paddocks winemaker Sam Neill made together.)

Sam wanted to produce a good Pinot Noir that would, at the very least, be enjoyed by family and friends. Admittedly, Sam's friends will pretty much drink anything, so this didn't seem too hard. The first vintage in 1997 was much better than hoped, in spite of a difficult growing season. 1998 was a more distinguished vintage, and in 1999 a world class Pinot was produced. Here was a wine of considerable complexity with an amazing nose, delicious fruit and a good lengthy finish.

Since that time with each successive vintage, Two Paddocks have produced a Pinot Noir that has done the winemakers proud and is to be frank, too good to be wasted on the close circle of friends. While Sam Neill and friends' generous thirst accounts for the occasional scarcity of Two Paddocks Pinot, the ambition has become to produce year after year, the world’s best Pinot Noir

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Two Paddocks original vineyard has now been augmented by two other small, superbly sited vineyards in the Alexandra district. Alex Paddocks is a 7-acre vineyard on a very beautiful terrace above the Earnscleugh Valley, and sits under some very striking rocky headlands. Planted with Burgundian Pinot vines (5, 6, 115) in 1998, the Two Paddocks Last Chance Pinot Noir is from this single vineyard (first vintage 2002). The Last Chance name comes from an old gold miners watercourse that runs through the yard, dating from the 1860s.

In 2000 Redbank was aquired, a lovely-sheltered sixty acres also in the Earnscleugh Valley, which nestles between two dramatic rocky escarpments. More Burgundian clones have been planted here. As a departure, some Riesling here, and we grow medicinal and culinary herbs as well. We inherited a still at Redbank, which we use to distill a brilliant essential oil from the English and French lavenders we grow on the property.

The wine is made at the Central Otago Wine Company in Cromwell, a small partnered winemaking facility. The C.O. Wine Co. was founded by friend Mike Wolter, a gifted winemaker and one of the pioneers of wine in Central Otago. Sadly Mike died in 1997. Every year the original label features a flower of some kind, usually a rather humble one. Each of these flowers has a personal meaning and always has a central Otago connection.

Central Otago has the right climate and soils to produce world-class Pinot Noirs. The other side to winemaking are the people involved. It is their unlikely genius combined with God's own country that produces amazing Pinots. At Redbank and Alex Paddocks the winemakers' movement is towards being certified organic producers. While they don't class themselves as being wide-eyed zealots, they just don’t much like pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and so on. The focus is on good healthy soil, and a good healthy product. Two Paddocks also believe that red wine (in moderation) is good for you, and that it should be the healthiest wine possible.

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