Owned and operated by the Donaldson family, Pegasus Bay is situated in the Waipara Valley, South Island, NZ, about 30 minutes drive north of Christchurch. Its sheltered position, but proximity to the sea, gives it warm days, cool nights and a dry autumn, resulting in a very prolonged ripening period. This promotes intense flavour development and optimal ripeness, while retaining good natural acidity.
The Donaldsons have been seriously involved in winemaking since the early seventies and were pioneers of local grape growing and winemaking in this region. Pegasus Bay is a member of the NZWG Sustainable Viticulture programme. This involves minimal handling and intervention in wine grape production. The winery's philosophy is to grow grapes of the highest quality and to fully express the features of the vineyard. These are handled with the utmost respect.
The wine offers dark fruit richness as well as savoury undertones, showing Black Doris plum, spiced cherry, charcuterie, dark mushroom and toasted almond characters on the nose. The palate delivers awesome power and concentration, as well as being stylish and structured at the same time. It is expansive and velvety, finishing persistent and engaging. Rating: 95 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
Wild herbs and bracken with red fruit and darker, more earthy notes. Rose hips, black tea and plums. The palate has a dense, succulent and seamlessly polished, tightly wrapped feel. Long and taut. Needs time. Drink in 2022. Rating: 94 Points; James Suckling
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