"Two Paddocks’s midrange Pinot still plays very much in the premium league. Bright red berry, vanilla pod, black olive, drying herbs and bran muffin notes are underpinned by tightly wound tannins and a mineral streak amidst a silky texture. The contrast between the bright, crunchy fruit and the austerity of the tannins is intriguing, making this wine drinkable now, but suggesting that its best is yet to come. "
""Actor Sam Neill is behind this highly regarded Otago label. While it sits firmly in premium territory—and could easily age for the next 10 years—this Pinot is undeniably approachable now. The nose offers heady aromas of red and black berries, beets, vanilla, hot chocolate, Middle Eastern spices and stalky cinnamon. The palate is elegant and tightly wound, with an earthy core and a savory finish." (Editors' Choice)
“A blend of six clones, Maude's 2016 Pinot Noir was partially destemmed and aged in 30% new French oak for ten months. It has ample herb notes on the nose of thyme and tea leaves, plus red fruit and a hint of flower blossoms. It's medium to full-bodied, with supple tannins that flow easily across the palate….It's a complex, enjoyable Pinot to drink over the next 7-8 years.”
“Sam Neill's First Paddock is starting to show some significant vine age, as it was planted to Clone 5 in 1993. There are 200 cases of the 2016 The First Paddock Pinot Noir, a medium-bodied, velvety-textured expression of a cool site in a warm vintage. Floral notes abound, along with dark fruit and savory, earthy notes. Despite its rich texture, there's some serious backbone to this wine, and it should age well for up to a decade.”
"Velvety tannins set the stage for up-front, bright and tangy flavors of strawberry and cranberry. Details of talc, dried thyme and sage and black pepper emerge, lingering on the finish, with an air of elegance. Drink now through 2030."
“A neat pinot noir that smells of crushed raspberries, cherries and roses. Nicely focused on the palate where well-judged ripeness delivers fleshy fruit and grainy tannins to handy effect. Drink now. Screw cap.”
“The 2015 Chardonnay opens with ripe peaches, guava and grapefruit notes with underlying marzipan, orange blossoms and honeyed toast hints. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers great concentration and texture with a lively backbone and great length.”
“Lemon curd, minerals, spices and underripe pineapple on the vibrant nose. Wonderfully fresh and complex on the palate, conveying terrific precision to the flavors of peach, lemon zest, lime, mirabelle, nettles, minerals, spices and crushed herbs. This savory, concentrated wine boasts lovely inner-mouth perfume and much more nuance than the basic Bannockburn bottling. Delivers superb density of texture without any weightiness. This wine was racked after 12 months but returned to barrel for another 5 before being bottle. Finishes tactile, firm and very long, with noteworthy energy. Really leaves the mouth vibrating. An outstanding, site-driven New Zealand Chardonnay.”