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
95/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Fresh and flavoursome chardonnay with grapefruit marmalade, apricot, peach, brioche and flinty/mineral flavours. Satisfyingly complex wine with a great texture and very lengthy finish. A bright, high energy wine that promises to develop well with bottle age. 21/5/2018." Drink 2018 - 2024
19-/20 Raymond Chan
"The nose is softly full with broad and voluminous aromas of ripe, savoury yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit along with complex nutty lees and oak notes. The aromas form a deep and densely packed core with a layer of mealy-nutty and flinty-mineral elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich heart of sweetly ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit entwined with a complex layer of nutty lees and oak with mealy elements. The fruit is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity which balances a rich, near unctuous core with barrel-ferment creaminess. The flavours are detailed and the wine possesses underlying power carrying the palate to a very long finish. Match with roasted and grilled seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4-5+ years. Fruit from ungrafted vines, over 30 y.o., hand-picked and 60-70% WBP, indigenous yeast fermented in puncheons to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months on lees in 30% new oak, undergoing MLF. 19.0-/20 May 2018 RRP $42.00." Drink 2018 - 2023+
90/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski
"The 2016 Chardonnay was fermented and aged in 500-liter puncheons. It reveals elegant aromas of pencil shavings and white peaches, then flavors of pineapple. This medium to full-bodied wine is plump through the mid-palate, silky in texture and lingers on the finish." Drink 2018 - 2021
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