Two Paddocks The Fusilier Pinot Noir 2019
|Region||New Zealand, Otago, Central Otago|
"Attractive baking spices and ripe red cherries, as well as red plums, black tea, bergamot and a sappy, leafy edge. Tobacco and fresh herbs, too. The palate has a very polished feel with plush, deep-set blueberry and dark-cherry flavors, some cocoa nibs and a long, fresh finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Screw cap." James Suckling 95 points Drink 2023-33
Give this a moment of swirling in decanter or glass until it unravels. When it does, it's an ever-changing specimen. The first thing you notice is a toasted-almond character- a smoky, nutty vibe that grounds the vibrant strawberry and cherry fruit. Then you notice the dried flowers and spice aromas: violets, roses, ground pepper, even thyme and mint. The palate is lightweight, ethereal, but, again, tethered by fine, talc-like tannins before it has time to fly away. Like this producer's other wines, Fusilier-the passion project of actor Sam Neill-is entirely complete and ready to drink now, but could also cellar for another five to seven years.