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2013 Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir

2013 Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir

'A great wine, in every respect.'
96 Points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

$129.99 Per Bottle


$779.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

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  • Pegasus Bay is a family-owned and run business within the Waipara Valley, led by patriarch and Neuroscientist Ivan Donaldson. Free draining and low fertility soils produce low yields of high quality, flavourful grapes, which fully express the qualities of Pegasus Bay’s unique setting. The range of wines is led by diverse and ageworthy styles of Pinot Noir and Riesling, with highly expressive Semillon, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon blends complementing the portfolio.


    Prima Donna is part of our reserve series which we only make in exceptional years, provided it does not compromise the quality of our estate wines. It is a selection from the best barrels, coming from some of the oldest plantings in the vineyard. As with all our Pinot’s, we use traditional Burgundian winemaking methods. We picked the various blocks at different stages, depending on their maturity, aiming for a range of red and dark fruit flavours. Approxinately one third of 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 approx a week, the must started to ferment naturally. During fermentation the floating cap of grape skins was 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 (30% 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 18 months, a selection from the best barriques (representing the many different plots & clones of pinot) was chosen and carefully blended, to produce the most complex and balanced wine possible.


    It has a deep ruby hue. The aromas and flavours evoke impressions of black cherries, purple plums, wild blackberries and mulberries. These are underpinned with a savoury dimension suggestive of roast game, grilled mushrooms and black olive tapenade. There is a layer of velvety tannins that coat and refine its big body and taut muscular structure, helping to draw out its lingering aftertaste of chocolate mocha and spice. While ready to drink on release it can be expected to cellar well and evolve gracefully for many years.


    'A limited edition selection of wine made from grapes grown on the oldest vines in superior vintages. Deeply-scented wine that deserves to be decanted for best results. Intense pinot noir with plum, dark cherry and berry, liquorice, mixed spice and classy oak flavours. Showing some bottle development but capable of much more. '
    96 Points - Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review

    'The refinement and brilliance of the fruit on offer here really sets this wine apart from the regular Pegasus Bay pinot noir. Deliciously rich dark cherry aromas and flavors are presented amid silky, refined and long-form tannins. A great wine, in every respect. '
    96 Points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

    'Fabulous bouquet with intense Pinosity showing dark cherry and plum fruits laced with fresh new oak and earthy qualities, silty clay soil notes; barrel spice and smoky wood moments. Dry with a dried herb layer, fine to chalky tannins, medium+ (ish) acidity - all resting in a cushion of primary and just emerging secondary fruit flavours. Great length, concentration and finish. What more can I say - it's just lovely! '
    Cameron Douglas MS

    'My Top 20: NZ Pinot Noir From 30-year-old vines, this initially brims with ripe plum and tart mulberry on a palate that just begins to unfold. This is very harmonious and has body, fruit, freshness and alcohol all in the sweet spot. '
    Anne Krebiehl MW, Decanter Magazine (July 2018)