“This is a beautifully approachable yet complex wine from this boutique, biodynamically farmed estate, owned by actor Sam Neill with a talented winemaking and viticulture team spearheaded by Dean Shaw and Mike Wing, respectively. The nose conjures images of cherry pie cooling on a windowsill, a rosebush blooming from the sun-warmed soil beneath. Savory, sappy tannins wind around silky, high-toned fruit in the mouth. A tightrope walk of balance of power and elegance with crunchy acidity to break the fall.” (Editors' Choice)
“Actor Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks label is on a steep upward trajectory: Vine age, impeccable farming and a dream team inside and out of the winery are paying off. This premium Pinot is an intensely spicy, perfumed drop. It’s hard not to fall under its spell. Like Christmas distilled, it’s a heady hodgepodge of red currants and preserved cherries marinated in bitter herbs and spices—licorice root, cloves, cinnamon bark and vanilla pod—derived from the fruit and stalks, not from oak. Chalky tannins curl around the tongue, the juicy, prickly fruit trickles through the cracks. Powerfully structured yet utterly drinkable, this would perch happily beside charcuterie or a mushroom truffle risotto.” (Editors’ Choice)
“From one of the original vineyards on the property (planted 1993), as the name suggests, this bottling needs some swirling in the glass or time in a decanter. But like a locked box, once the lid is open, treasures await. And they’re all highly reflective of place. Rhubarb and cherry notes swirl with baking spice, dried flowers and an earthy, mushroom note, morphing over time into a fruitier, more vanilla toned beauty. Silky texture, crystalline acidity and juicy fruit are wrapped in a swaddle of spicy, structured tannins. There’s oak influence, too, but it should melt seamlessly into the wine with a few more years in bottle.”
"Walking a tightrope of grace and power, this wine from Actor Sam Neill speaks of drying flowers, red currants, leather, olives and wild herbs. The palate has focus and tension, fine, powdery tannins, lifted acidity and a herbal tonic finish. It’s a delicious drop now but could see 10 years in the cellar." (Editors' Choice)
"Very attractive nose here with properly ripe red cherries, blueberries, earthy root vegetables and a whirl of sappy, wild herbs. The impressively long and powerful palate has a strong, central core of tannins that carries fresh, energetic cherry flavors."
“Sexy aromas of raspberry and rose petal plus a touch of smoky minerality. Imploded, extract-rich wine with gripping flavors of crunchy berries and savory soil tones. Chewy, impeccably balanced Pinot Noir with terrific rising length and finesse. This should reward further aging. (Incidentally, Walter also opened a bottle of the 2012 Block 3, which offered sexy scents of red fruits and truffley underbrush and lovely sweetness to its lush flavors of strawberry and smoke. This wine from thick-skinned grapes and a cool summer has plenty of fat but is a bit burlier and seems more heavily extracted than the 2013 version. I rated it 93 points and recommend that it be consumed within the next four or five years.)”