Gate 20 Two Pinot Gris 2017

G2PG201710 UCNZ
  • A bouquet of baked apple, pear & mixed spice.
  • Bone-dry, crisp and clean.
  • Normally reserved exclusively for the cellar door.
  • 1 or more bottles
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  • Sam Kim
    5 points

Editors notes

A boutique, single vineyard Felton Rd Pinot Gris, normally reserved exclusively for the cellar door. A bouquet of baked apple, pear & mixed spice, beautifully weighted & silky with great texture & mouthfeel. Bone-dry, crisp and clean, this is a scrumptious wine and will cellar well up to 5 years.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Peach
    • Pear
    • Stonefruit
  • Palate
    • Green Apple
    • Lemon
    • Mineral

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Shellfish

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Sam Kim

    "Richly fruited and beautifully styled, this complex pinot gris displays yellow stone fruit, candied apple, lemon peel and subtle spice aromas on the nose, leading to a concentrated palate that is succulent and plush. The wine offers silky texture and richness, brilliantly supported by perfectly pitched acidity. Powerful and refined at the same time. At its best: now to 2020."

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New Zealand

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.

Central Otago

Central Otago, located at the southernmost point of the world where wine grapes are grown, is a remarkable wine-growing region that spans over 4,000 square kilometers on New Zealand’s South Island. This spectacular landscape is surrounded by rugged mountains, glacial lakes, and wide-open valleys, which have earned the region a reputation as one of the most scenic wine destinations in the world.

The region is centered around the bustling tourist hub of Queenstown, which is an ideal base to explore the many world-class wineries and vineyards that dot the countryside. The unique soils in Central Otago are characterized by heavy mineral deposits in silt loams that are unlike any other region in New Zealand, resulting in wines with distinctive flavor profiles and complex structures.

Central Otago is New Zealand's only "continental" wine-growing region, which means it experiences greater diurnal temperature fluctuations than any other region in the country. These large swings between low and high temperatures create ideal conditions for growing Pinot Noir, the flagship red varietal of the region. The long, cool, and dry autumn period also plays a significant role in producing some of the world's best Pinot Noirs, which are known for their fragrant aroma, silky texture, and true fruit intensity.

In addition to Pinot Noir, Central Otago is also renowned for its aromatic whites, particularly Riesling, which can be made in styles ranging from bone-dry to very sweet. Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay are also produced to a very high standard, reflecting the region's diverse terroir and the skill of its winemakers.

Central Otago's exceptional wines have earned it a place in Jancis Robinson's top five New World wine-producing regions, cementing its status as one of the most exciting and unique wine destinations in the world. With its awe-inspiring natural beauty, welcoming wineries, and world-class wines, Central Otago is a must-visit destination for any wine lover.


Bannockburn is a subzone of the Central Otago wine region on New Zealand’s South Island. This subalpine landscape is one of the driest and warmest parts of Central Otago. Bannockburn’s focus is mainly Pinot Noir, as this dry climate and its unique soils are well-suited for growing and ripening this grape. It’s also home to some of the region’s best expressions of these wines. Bannockburn Pinot Noirs are typically rich and fruit-driven, with aromas and flavours of cherries and dark fruit, firm tannins, and great potential for ageing. In addition to Pinot Noir, the subzone also grows Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.

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About the brand Gate 20 Two

Gate 20 Two is a family owned 5 hectare vineyard, situated on rolling slopes at the base of the spectacular gold diggings in Felton Rd. Bannockburn in Central Otago. Gate 20 Two is owned by Pauline and Nigel McKinlay, who fell into the business purely by the accident of purchasing a house site in Felton Rd. and discovering that, if Bannockburn is regarded as the jewel in Central Otago’s wine-producing crown, then Felton Rd. is the star. It seemed a waste to not make use of such a wonderful site. The vineyard was gradually established between 2001 and 2004. It sits on an almost square site of steep to rolling land, surrounded by conservation reserves. The views are towards the striated cliffs of the old gold mines to the South and towards Queenstown up the Kawarau Gorge to the West.

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