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Gate 20 Two Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

19 January,2018

Gate 20 Two is the Felton Road Bannockburn winegrowing venture of Nigel and Pauline McKinlay, formerly of Dunedin. Their 5 ha vineyard is planted to 2 ha of Pinot Gris and 3 ha of Pinot Noir in clones 667, 117, 777 and 5 put in the ground over 2001 to 2004. The McKinlays tend the vineyard with the input of James Dicey, and their wines made by Matt Dicey. They reserve 20% of the fruit for the ‘Gate 20 Two’ label, making approx. 250 dozen of each varietal, the rest of the fruit going to Mt Difficulty. Here, I review the 2015 Pinot Noir.


Gate 20 Two ‘Single Vineyard’ Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago


Even, light ruby-red colour with some depth, a little paler edged. The nose is soft and ethereal with delicate and elegantly proportioned aromas of savoury dark red cherry and berry fruit with complexing dark herb and whole cluster-like nuances, unveiling fragrant red floral notes. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly presented with a fine and tight core of savoury red cherry and berry fruit along with nuances of dark herbs, subtle stalk notes and aromatic red florals. A little liquorice suggestion emerges in the glass. The palate has fine-grained supple tannin extraction with balanced acid freshness. The fruit possesses very good linearity and carries to a long and sustained finish of savoury red fruits, herbs and florals. This is an elegant Pinot Noir with a fine core and ethereal savoury dark-red cherry and berry fruit with a layering of herbs and red florals on a supple palate. Serve with tuna and salmon, and poultry dishes over the next 5 years. Clones 115, 667, 777 and 5, the fruit hand-picked, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 35% new French oak. 18.0/20 Dec 2017 RRP $45.00

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