Gate 20 Two ‘Felton Road’ Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2010

Pinot Gris from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 14-Nov-2011
Bright straw-yellow colour with some golden hues and the faintest hint of blush, pale on rim. The nose is full and voluminous with ripe yellow stonefruits, lightly spiced pears, wild honey and a slight savoury sulphide hint. Dryish on palate, the fruit is ripe and lush, with honey and stonefruit flavours up-front and with some depth. The mouthfeel is rounded and balanced with good acidity, and some alcohol heat comes through adding to the warmth and solid finish. A full, ripe wine showing a little heat and savoury interest. Match with Middle Eastern poultry and pork dishes over the next 2-3+ years. Fruit from Pauline and Nigel McKinlay's 5 ha site on Felton Road, from vines planted in 2004. Hand-picked and cool-fermented to 13.5% alc. and dryness, the wine on lees for 4 months. Winemaker Matt Dicey. 16.5+/20 Nov 2011 RRP – On premise only www.gate20two.co.nz Pauline and Nigel McKinlay have 5 ha on Felton Road, the Pinot Gris planted in 2004. Bright, even, straw-yellow colour, this has a tight, flinty and minerally nose of white stonefruits with a little reduction showing. Dry on palate, this features good rounded textures and fresh, balanced acidity framing the light stonefruit flavours. Savoury nuances sit with mineral and wet stone elements as well as the reduction, and some alcohol warmth comes through. A wine to match seafood and serve with antipasto over the next 2-4 years. 16.5-/20 Feb 2011 RRP $25.00  www.gate20two.co.nz

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