Two Two Paddocks The Fusilier Pinot Noir 2020 - Central Otago
Closure: Screw cap
Bottle size: 750ml
96 Points - James Suckling - #26 in James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of New Zealand 2022
The Fusilier Vineyard is named in honor of Sam’s father, Major Dermot Neill, a soldier in the Royal Irish Fusilier Regiment for twenty years before returning home to Dunedin, New Zealand, where he ran the family Wine & Spirit business, Neill & Co. Planted entirely in 2000, The Fusilier is 5.6 hectares of pinot noir, on rolling northerly facing terraces at the western end of Felton Rd and bordered by the vineyard of the same name. Soils on the terraces consist of deep alluvial fans, which are made up of varying depths of silt, sand and gravel layering all derived from mountainous raw schist parent material.
A dry cold 2019 winter continued into a dry spring that was dominated some severe wind and snow events. The critical flowering month of December was still relatively cool and experienced 50mm of rain over three days. As a result, flowering was both late and drawn out. Finally, the summer heat arrived in mid-January and lasted until mid-March but the critical cell division stage for the berries was also cool and along with the challenging conditions at flowering, resulted in crop levels being 30-40% down in many of the vineyard blocks.
There were two pieces of very good news though – the smaller bunches and small berries were much easier for the vines to fully ripen in late summer and ultimately resulted in densely coloured, aromatic wines. 2020 harvest was also one of the most compact that Two Paddocks has seen starting on the 6th of April and all done by the 24th April. The Fusilier was harvested on the 16th April.
Blackberry, dark plum and spicy wild herb aromatics lead to an elegant, mineral-derived palate showing great texture, poise and drive.
"This is intensely flavorful and aromatic with a wealth of rosemary, grilled herbs, ash, cherries, mulberries, cumin and tapenade. Medium-bodied with very fine tannins. Deliciously savory and saline with forest floor notes coming through on a long and transparent finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Screw cap."The Fusilier 2020 has ranked #26 in James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of New Zealand 2022.
"A light, supple pinot noir with floral/rose/violet, black cherry, spice/anise, wood smoke, fresh herb and spicy oak flavours. A ‘hands-off’ wine that has been allowed to express site and season."-Bob Campbell MW
Bob Campbell MW
Founded in 1993 with a small 2ha vineyard in Gibbston Valley, we now have a total of 15 ha with a further two vineyards in the Alexandra Basin. Our focus is primarily on Pinot Noir, but we also produce a small quantity of Riesling. Our Two Paddocks single vineyard wines, First Paddock and Last Chance Pinot Noirs are all estate grown, whilst Picnic, our diminutive second label, is a regional Central Otago blend. We are dedicated to sustainable product1ion, with our vineyards managed under SWNZ certification. Winemaker: Dean Shaw, The Central Otago Wine Company.
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