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Gate 20 Two Central Otago 2016 Pinot Gris and 2014 Pinot Noir

16 January,2018

Nigel and Pauline McKinlay "fell into the business” of winegrowing when they purchased land on Felton Road, Bannockburn to build a house for their move from Dunedin. Realising they had prime land for grapegrowing with illustrious wine producers as neighbours, they planted vines from 2001. Their 5 ha vineyard consists of 2 ha of Pinot Gris, planted over 2002 and 2003, and 3 ha of Pinot Noir in clones 667, 115, 777 and 5, over 2001 to 2004. The McKinlays tend to the vineyard themselves, with extra assistance and overseeing by James Dicey, and the wines are made by Matt Dicey at the Mt Difficulty facility. The McKinlays aim for a yield of 5 to 5.5 tonnes per hectare, and reserve around 20% of the crop for their own label, and the rest of the fruit is sold under contract to Mt Difficulty. Around 250 dozen of each wine is made each year. Their aim is for high quality wine that reflects the special site they have.


Gate 20 Two ‘Single Vineyard’ Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Gris 2016

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago


Full, bright, light-yellow colour with blush hues, paler on edge. The nose is softly full with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits, pears and nuances of honeysuckle with savoury nutty notes. The aromatics are harmonious in presentation. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has softly full flavours of yellow stonefruits with notes of pears, honeysuckle, exotic yellow florals and hints of nuts. The mouthfeel is fresh with lacy acidity, and the wine flows along a smooth, seamless line. leading to a yellow stonefruit and floral finish. This is a soft, smooth, dry Pinot Gris with yellow stonefruit, pear and savoury honeysuckle notes. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3 years. Hand-picked fruit, given 6 hours skin contact and fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and dryness, the wine aged 4 months on gross lees with batonnage. 17.5+/20 Nov 2017 RRP $30.00

Gate 20 Two ‘Single Vineyard’ Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago


Light ruby-red colour with some depth and slight purple hues, paler on edge. The nose is soft with an initially ethereal bouquet that grows in depth to show dark raspberry and red cherry fruit with thyme herbs and violet florals, unveiling some nutty and smoky oak nuances. The aromatics grow in presence with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a deep and layered core of savoury dark raspberry and red cherry fruit, with thyme herbs and floral lift, and nutty oak. The mouthfeel is vibrant and lively with bright acidity enlivening the fruitiness. The wine flows along a fine-grained line with balanced tannin extraction, carrying with good energy to a sustained finish. This is lively Pinot Noir with savoury dark raspberry and cherry fruit with herb notes on a finely extracted palate. Serve with wild duck or pork dishes over the next 5-6 years. Hand-picked fruit, indigenous yeast fermented with 15% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 25% new French oak. 18.0+/20 Nov 2017 RRP $45.00

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