5 Stars & 95 Points - Sam Kim wineorbit.co.nz
Gold - The Six Nations Wine Challenge sixnations.com.au
19/20 Points - Joelle Thomson Drinksbiz
Excellent - Mark Henderson | Otago Daily Times
5 Stars - Yvonne Lorkin  www.yvonnelorkin.com
92 Points - Rebecca Gibb MW Vinous

5 Stars -  Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide 2021
"Strapping yet delicate, richly flavoured yet subtle, this sophisticated North Canterbury wine is one of the country’s best Chardonnays grown south of Marlborough. Muscular and taut, it typically offers a seamless array of fresh, crisp, citrusy, biscuity, complex flavours and great concentration and length. Estate-grown at Waipara, it is based on ungrafted, Mendoza-clone vines (about 30 years old), hand-picked and given lengthy oak aging … The 2018 vintage is bright, light yellow/green, with a rich, smoky, fragrant bouquet. Weighty, concentrated and youthful, it is powerful, with deep stonefruit flavours, finely integrated oak, impressive complexity, and a long finish. March 2020"

92 Points - Cameron Douglas MS camdouglasms.com
"Bold toasty, woody, nutty and fruity bouquet with intense aromas of brazil nut and baked yellow peach, vanilla and baked custard, red apple and a creamy-cheese note. On the palate - full-bodied, creamy and toasty, no mistaking the sweet vanilla oak moments, baked goods and yellow orchard fruit flavours. Medium acidity, fine wood tannins, gently salivating acidity and lengthy finish. Familiar and very easy to imbibe. A lovely drink now and through 2023"

Pegasus Bay Winery, awarded Robert Parker’s highest producer rating “Outstanding”  - Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide 7th edition, USA

“Pegasus Bay constitutes one of New Zealand’s best producers.” - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate, USA

The Donaldson Family have been seriously involved in viticulture and winemaking for over 40 years. Founder Ivan Donaldson planted the first Canterbury vineyard in 1976 and went on to establish Pegasus Bay in 1986 with his wife Christine. It is a true family business, with all four of their sons and two spouses involved, managing various aspects.

Lemon/straw in colour, its bouquet reveals a vibrant melange of green apple, lemon, peach and hints of acacia. Struck match notes and a flinty minerality add to the wine’s savoury complexity, with touches of vanilla and baking spices providing further interest. The palate is mouth filling, however there is a spine of refreshing acidity that gives the wine satisfying tension and a prolonged finish.





New Zealand






Soft buttery whites


Matt Donaldson





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Creamy chicken risotto

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