An exploration of wine

333. Two Paddocks, Pinot Noir Central Otago, 2005

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Book 2 Wine 333

£17.03; 12.5%

So, in 2005 apparently low yields meant that Two Paddocks vinified all their parcels of land into the same cuvee (instead of First Paddock and Last Chance). Interestingly – apart from being really quite good – this felt like a blend of the two from 2004, to good effect. Had pleasant herbaceous notes alongside good, concentrated fruit flavour. Pale-medium ruby-garnet with a slightly garnet rim. Fairly intense nose on standing, of smoky red cherries, which covers the slight (pleasant) leafy note. Raspberry (and crushed raspberry) fruit hints appear and disappear, but are always wrapped in toasty, warm spice. Moderate-firm acidity gives structure. Soft tannin. Very ripe, juicy, sweetish fruit attack. Really raspberry flavours on the mid-palate which transforms into an oaky end-palate. Juicy fruit re-emerges at the finish, unusually. Good length & concentration. Look forward to the other 5!

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