95/100- Bob Campbell MW
"Rich and quite complex pinot noir with plum, wood smoke, liquorice, mixed spice and nutty oak flavours. Accessible now but with obvious cellaring potential, A robust and slightly rustic wine that's a pleasure to taste. 26 MAR 2020." Drink 2020 - 2026

95/100 - Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
"It's wonderfully fruited and gorgeously styled, showing Black Doris plum, sweet cherry, vanilla, dried herb, almond and subtle spice aromas on the nose. The palate delivers excellent weight and power, while remaining graceful and flowing, leading to a persistent velvety finish. It's mouthfilling and delectable with seductive complexity. $52.00. www.pegasusbay.com. March 2020." Drink 2020 - 2027

93/100 - Cameron Douglas MS
"Aromas of chalk and red berries, roses and dried herb, soft brown baking spices and toasty oak. On the palate - firm youthful textures with ripe red berry fruit flavours, medium+ acidity, chalky fine grained tannins and a core of pinosity. A classic example of Peg’ Bay Pinot with a youthful energy, ripe through slightly tart red berry fruit messages. A lovely wine, well made, medium+ complexity with a long finish." Drink 2020 - 2025

The Donaldson family are big are a influence in wine in New Zealand and wine in the Caterbury region. The first vineyards planted in 1976 and Pegasus Bay established in 1986. 

Variable conditions over flowering resulted in a moderate fruit set. The subsequent warm summer then allowed the grapes to ripen beautifully. Naturally smaller berry size and loose open bunches helped accelerate ripening, allowing us to pick the fruit a little earlier this season than usual.

Upon release the wine is bright ruby in colour. There is a teasing array of vibrant red fruit on the nose including raspberry, pomegranate, cherry and plum. Spice and herbal notes, as well as a savoury underlay, add to the wine’s complexity. While the palate has generous fruit weight and velvety tannins, it is balanced with refreshing acidity and a structure that gives the wine classic North Canterbury tension and pinosity.




New Zealand




Pinot Noir


Light, elegant reds


Matt Donaldson





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Food Match:

Duck, game, Chicken