The Last Chance is a dramatically sited terrace perched in bright, clear air above the Earnscleugh Valley. It nestles amongst a small cluster of the world’s most southerly vineyards and takes its name from the watercourse that runs through its heart, hand dug by gold miners in the 1860s.
The Two Paddocks` 2018 harvest will be remembered as the earliest picking date on record. A warm spring quickly turned into a hot summer, with grapes and stems being beautifully ripe, intensely flavoured and in perfect health a month earlier than typical. Harvest began on 14th March and was over by 11th April. Given the ripeness of the stems, 65% whole bunches were used for the fermentation of this 2018 Last Chance.
Bright, mid-ruby in colour, the nose is intense and freshly perfumed, with notes of black cherry, ripe red fruits, spice and wild thyme. Deeply concentrated on the palate, it combines a stony complexity with rich fruitiness, having a splendid, silky texture. The finish is still tight, being bright and impressively long. This has an elegance and purity that brings immediate pleasure, but will also reward cellaring (for drinking 2021-2028+).