2015 Pegasus Bay Virtuoso Chardonnay

2015 Pegasus Bay Virtuoso Chardonnay

95 Points Richard Caro
2015 Pegasus Bay Virtuoso Chardonnay
95 Points Richard Caro

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A supreme Chardonnay from Waipara legends, Pegasus Bay. The 'Virtuoso' is only made in the most exceptional vintages, about every three years. So the value here is driven by the sheer quality of this fruit from 30+ year old vines, many of which are still on their original rootstock. To preserve this depth Pegasus employ a non-intervention 'Burgundian' approach of fermentation by indigenous yeast in large-format French oak, followed by long aging on yeast lees in and partial malolactic fermentation which naturally occurs the following summer. The palpable quality, texture and harmony of the wine never shouts but speaks in a very compelling, complete and sophisticated style. Allocations of this rare wine are small -- don't wait!

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$55.99 in mixed 6+ or $62.99 per bottle




Its Origins

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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    2017 - 2024+

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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