Located in arguably New Zealand's most exciting wine region of North Canterbury (more specifically, Waipara), albeit sparsely scattered with wine estates it is at the forefront of interesting and unique wines in NZ. This is due in part to a fabulous free-draining, well protected terroir. Pegasus Bay is run by the Donaldson family who were pioneers in the region and have been involved with local grape growing and winemaking since the 1970's. The whole family are involved in the process from grape to bottle, and a deep respect for the land, with a long term view towards vine and soil health typifies the Donaldson Family's approach to grape growing. Pegasus Bay is an accredited member of the NZWG sustainable viticulture program and are firm believers of using natural methods to combat pests and diseases rather than the application of unnecessary pesticides and herbicides.
What The Critics Say
Winemaker notes on current 2015 vintage
"The colour is deep lemon/straw. On the nose there are aromas of citrus, as well as some stone fruit (peach/nectarine). In addition there is a hint of struck match which adds refreshing flinty minerality. There are also some underlying savoury notes (toast and brioche) as a result of the secondary fermentation and lees contact in the barrel. The wine expands on the palate to become mouth filling and powerful, however there is a refreshing core of acidity that ensures it remains tight and focussed, with a lingering finish."
97/100 Bob Campbell MW (2013 vintage)
"Flagship Chardonnay that’s only made when in top vintages (since 2005 three vintages have not been released - 07, 11 & 12). Big, rich and creamy Chardonnay with peach, stone fruits, sizzled butter, roasted nut and bran biscuit flavours. Lovely mouth-filling and very textural wine. An excellent example of this consistently top Chardonnay. 4/4/2016."
4.5 Stars Michael Cooper (2013 vintage)
"Blended from several of the 'best barrels', this wine is hand-picked from the company's mature, Mendoza-clone vines at Waipara. Fermented with indigenous yeasts, it is lees-aged for a year in French oak puncheons (partly new), matured in tanks on light lees for several more months before bottling, and then bottle-aged for a year prior to its release. The 2013 vintage (4.5*) is very youthful, with strong, grapefruit-like flavours, balanced oak, and good drive through the palate. Rich and complex, it's crying out for more time."
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