The Wandering Palate caught up with the Prop in Queenstown and enjoyed a sneak preview of the first Two Paddocks ‘Proprietors Reserve’ individual vineyard Fusilier Pinot Noir 2014, from the newly acquired Felton Road, Bannockburn vineyard… and as the festive season fog in the brain dissipates, the Fusilier 2014 is ingrained in my olfactories and I can still smell the lingering dark Indian spices and peppercorns on a hot wok…and that wonderful layered depth of black berry fruits and Christmas Cherry…and that alluring smokiness a melange of fire-hot schist rocks and gun flint (the smoking hot barrel of the Fusilier’s rifle no doubt)…and Oh that lush and dangerously plush texture, the wine seemingly beckoning to be drunk at a sprint even though we know it’s a long distance runner. And whilst we had a suspicion this Bannockburn pinot fruit would bring the house down, it seems to me the Fusilier is already taking a commanding position on the parade ground, a stiff arm salute and cold steel bayonet-fixed acidity to a sword drawn Major no less that will be a Brigadier given the passage of time.
You too can have a sneak preview of The Fusilier 2014 if you forward march to Central Otago and the Two Paddock’s Pop-Up cellar door on Felton Road, Bannockburn… an utterly brilliant idea and the distinguished service medal goes to Jacqui Murphy, the dynamo GM at Two Paddocks who will be front and centre at the TPCD. See message and full orders from the Prop below.
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17th January 2014
Two Paddocks vineyards have this week acquired their fourth vineyard, this one in Bannockburn. Sam Neill says “We’ve been quietly looking around for something good in this neck of the woods for quite a while now and we were very fortunate that the opportunity came up of buying a small vineyard that we’ve always admired – Desert Heart.” Read More >
The 2010 vintage in Gibbston Valley, Central Otago, in the deep south of New Zealand’s South Island is one of those years that will bring a smile to the face of the regions winegrowers for all eternity. You can sense this by just looking at the grin of satisfaction on Sam Neill’s face, the proprietor of Two Paddocks; it’s the look of a man vindicated–of what they said was a folly–that the region he planted in was ‘too cool, too marginal in climate to ripen pinot noir”. They said, “You cannot make truly great pinot noir in Gibbston” Read More >
We just had Sam Neill and Jeffrey Grosset visiting and a great evening was had by all imbibing in fabulous riesling, pinot noir and the wife’s legendary duck curry. The Two Paddocks Riesling did itself proud in the slipstream of the almighty Polish Hill, with Sam declaring he’s a big fan of the Polish Hill and something about it being as “Dry as Taranaki on a Sunday”. There was a dominance of Two Paddocks Pinot Noir with the duck due to unfortunate accident with Grosset’s luggage, his Pinot Noir the main casualty. Still, there were no complaints from Jeffrey as he dipped his nose ever deeper into the 2008 Two Paddocks, still brooding away (see note) although drinking superbly on the night and a perfect match for the duck. Read More >
Back To Singapore
Back to the Future
“It would be doubly remiss to not remark further on the incursion to Singapore, but Monsieur Blog has been hoping for more documentary evidence in the form of photos.
Anyway, as orchestrated by Curtis Marsh, Wandering Menace of Eastern Parts…”
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