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.
A very impressive pinot for the complexity and richness it offers on the nose with earthy, savory elements, intertwined with rich, dark and red cherries, as well as dried flowers and woody spices. The palate has a very intense and plush feel with plenty of dark cherries and plums, wrapped in smooth and polished tannin. Drink over the next decade or more. Screw cap. Date Tasted: Dec 2020; Rating: 96 Points; Nick Stock; JamesSuckling.com
Flagship pinot noir in a typically rich and generous style made using 30% whole-bunches during fermentation. Dense, silken-textured wine, with a mellow savouriness and flavours suggesting ripe plum, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, spice and anise. A complex and appealing red. Date Tasted: April 2020; Drink: 2018-2025; Rating: 95 Points; Bob Campbell MW
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