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Pegasus Bay 2016 Prima Donna, 2015 Maestro and 2014 Finale

27 February,2018

Pegasus Bay is one of this country’s most consistent high quality wine producers. The wines are exceptional bottlings of the Waipara Valley in North Canterbury. Much of this comes from the experience gained by the Donaldson family from a keen interest in all of the best wines of the world from the 1970s. But now it is a keen familiarity of the estate vineyards, many of the vines fully mature at over 30 y.o., and an understanding of the consuming market. Winemaker Mat Donaldson has taken the wines down the stylistic path, making wines which ban match many of the classical examples from around the world. He is not averse to making wines in styles that are a little off the radar, but these are very good representations – which a New Zealand bent on them. The wines are very much Waipara in expression, rather than single site. As Mat says "not every terroir is worth capturing”. The critics and consumers, myself included, are fans of what Pegasus Bay does. The ‘Estate’ wines are excellent, and the ‘Reserve’ wines invariably stunning. Here, I review three ‘Reserve’ bottlings, the 2013 ‘Pima Donna’ Pinot Noir, the 2015 ‘Maestro’ Merlot/Cabernet/Malbec and 2014 ‘Finale’ Noble Sauvignon Blanc.


Pegasus Bay ‘Prima Donna’ Waipara Valley North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. The bouquet is full and voluminous with a full array of savoury fruit and floral aromatics, showing ripe, dark-red berry fruit melded with dark and dried herbs, nuances of undergrowth unveiling red floral elements. This is complex, detailed and harmonious in presentation. Medium-bodied, the palate is rich and expansively mouthfilling with an array of savoury red berry fruit along with plum notes, dried herbs, cedar and undergrowth complexities. The lusciously sweet flavours form a deep and rounded heart, showing richness and detail. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin structure with balanced acidity. This has drive and linearity, and the wine carries with power to a long, lingering finish. This is a rich and succulently sweet, complex flavoured, mouthfilling Pinot Noir with detail and layers of a fine-structured palate with drive and power. Match with slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 6-8+ years. A multi-clone blend from vines, many over 30 y.o. and ungrafted, indigenous yeast fermented with 30% whole bunches and many whole berries to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 30% new French oak barrels. 19.5-/20 Feb 2018 RRP $95.00

Pegasus Bay ‘Maestro’ Waipara Valley North Canterbury Merlot/Cabernet/Malbec 2015

Blended Red from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Full, very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued purple-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is bold and intensely concentrated with well=packed, bright and ripe fruit aromas of blackberries, boysenberries and plums. The fruit is vibrant and still quite primary in expression, unveiling subtle nuances of spice, dark herbs and cassis, with nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is up-front with rich and deeply penetrating flavours of ripe blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries and plums. The fruit is succulently sweet and opulent and is the feature on the palate, and is supported by fine, grainy tannin textures with balanced acidity. The wine carries to an elegant, sustained finish. This is a bold, fulsome, sweet and succulent Merlot blend with black berry and plum fruits and plenty of tannin structure. Match with roast lamb, beef and vensison over the next 8-9+ years. A blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet and 10% Malbec, from some of the oldest vines, over 3R y.o., ungrafted, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 2 years in 50% new French oak barriques. 19.0-/20 Feb 2018 RRP $50.00

Pegasus Bay ‘Finale’ Waipara Valley North Canterbury Noble Sauvignon Blanc Barrique Matured 2014

Sweet Wine from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Bright golden-orange colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The bouquet is initially marked by a layer of volatile acidity which dissipates to reveal aromas of ripe tropical fruit and green stonefruits interwoven with lime marmalade, honey and nectar, with a little caramel. This is powerful and intense, with great depth. Very sweet and full-bodied, the palate has extremely rich and succulently opulent flavours of rior tropical fruits with citrus and green stonefruits, melded with a layer of lime marmalade and musk, honey and nuances of caramel and nutty oak. Some volatile acidity provides lift. The mouthfeel is fulsome and unctuous and underlined by alcoholic power and drive. The acidity is soft and integrated, and the wine flows with good energy carrying to a long, lingering finish of tropical fruit and nectar. This is a powerful and opulent Noble Sauvignon Blanc with decadent tropical and green stonefruit, marmalade and nectar on a fulsome palate with some VA lift. Match with crème caramel and crème brulee, as well as steamed puddings over the next 5-6+ years. Fully botrytised berries from vines over 30 y.o., selected and fermented in new French oak barriques to 14.5% alc. and 168 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees in barrels. (375 ml) 18.5/20 Feb 2018 RRP $40.00

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