An exploration of wine

302. Two Paddocks, First Paddock Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Central Otago, 2004

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Book 2 Wine 302

£15.35; 13%

Thought I’d start exploring Central Otago as its Pinot Noir reputation is riding high. Initially a little disappointing, but 1-2 days following this showed much better – a good Pinot Noir. Light, clear, garnet with mid-breadth brick rim – looks more mature than 2 years old. Familiar but unusual nose – pencil sharpenings, with sharp red fruit, like just-ripe redcurrant. Developed into notes of clove and butterscotch. After 1-2 days, much more expressive: coalsmoke and vanilla, then almost Coteaux du Layon botrytis notes (!). Redcurrant, ‘angular’ acidity like Volnay and a bit crude, but developed into juicier fruit, and eventually took on more body and a silky mouthfeel of raspberry, with creamy vanilla length. A real example of evolution over time, to become a much better wine.

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