Awarded Super Classic Status.- Michael Cooper's Buyer’s Guide
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, USA 
"The flight of Pegasus Bay Pinot Noirs continued to illustrate their burgundy influence, the reds often reminiscent of Morey-saint-Denis".

 

The Donaldson family are massive influencers on the wine industry in the Canterbury region and the rest of NZ. The first vineyards planted in 1976 and Pegasus Bay established in 1986. 

Traditional Burgundian winemaking methods were used to make this wine. We picked the various blocks at different stages, depending on their maturity, aiming for a range of red and dark fruit flavours. Approximately 40% the grapes were put at the bottom of the fermentation vats as whole bunches, with the balance being destemmed on top, retaining as many whole berries as possible. The vats were kept cool over the next few days to help extract the soft, silky tannins from the pinot noir skins. After approximately a week the must started to ferment naturally. During fermentation the skins of the grapes were gently plunged twice daily. When the fermentation finished, the grape remnants were left to steep in the wine for up to a week to help extract a different range of tannins that add structure and depth. The exact duration of this period was determined by daily tasting. Subsequently the wine was gently pressed off and put into oak barriques (40% new) from selected artisan Burgundian coopers. In the summer after harvest, when the weather warmed, the wine underwent a natural malo-lactic (secondary) fermentation. After maturing for 15mths in these barriques, the batches made from the many different plots and clones of pinot were carefully blended in varying portions to produce the most complex and balanced wine possible. 
Upon release the wine has a bright ruby hue. The nose is layered and complex, with earthy notes of undergrowth, woodsmoke, truffle and pot pourri juxtaposed against dark cherry, cranberry, crushed lavender, and hints of clove. In the mouth the wine is generously proportioned, polished tannins and a seam of refreshing acidity tap dancing cheekily across on a broad silky palate. Fresh and vibrant yet concentrated, with a structured frame. The finish is spicy, decadent, and sustained, leaving lingering impressions of velvety depth.

(EUR000018)

 

Country:

New Zealand

Region:

Waipara

Variety:

Pinot Noir

Style:

Light, elegant reds

Winemaker:

Matt Donaldson

Closure:

Screwcap

ABV:

 

Bottle size:

13%

 

750ml

Fruit:

⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫

Body:

⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪

Tannin:

⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪

Acidity:

⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪

Food Match:

Duck, game, Chicken



 

Others Also Bought

Reviews