Big Bunch Pinot Gris and Two Gates Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

The Rod McDonald Wines operation has grown to possess many brands which display different facets and philosophies that Rod has towards winemaking. The ‘Big Bunch’ brand has been given to well-loved winemaker John Kemble to oversee, who has returned to his craft after a hiatus. The ‘Two Gates’ label is for wines sourced from the company’s inland Maraekakaho site which displays a warmer richer and more textural style; the site is destined for organic certification. Here I review two wines under these labels from the 2016 Hawke’s Bay vintage: the Big Bunch Pinot Gris and Two Gates Pinot Noir Rosé.


  • Big Bunch Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2016
  • Two Gates Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

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