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2015 Pegasus Bay Chardonnay

2015 Pegasus Bay Chardonnay

'Very complex, very concentrated and very good.'
95 Points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

$49.99 Per Bottle


$299.94 (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.


    We use traditional Burgundian winemaking methods. The fruit was hand-picked in stages during April and then gently pressed. The non-clarified juice was put into large French oak barrels (puncheons), 70% of which were old in order to limit pickup of oak flavour. In these it underwent primary fermentation by the grapes indigenous yeasts. The wine was then matured in the puncheons on its natural yeast deposit (sur lie). In the summer after harvest it started to go through spontaneous secondary (malolactic) fermentation. It was regularly tasted during this time and the fermentation was stopped when the ideal balance was obtained. It had almost 18 months maturation prior to bottling.


    On release the wine light lemon/straw colour. The aromas and flavours suggest citrus fruits, apricot, yellow fleshed peach and mango with complexing savoury overtones of oatmeal, toast, grilled mushrooms and vanilla pod. It is powerful and creamy on the palate but an underlying spine of natural minerality and acidity keep it tight and focused and help draw out the lingering after flavours.


    'Very complex, very concentrated and very good. This has a big hit of grapefruit and lemon citrus. Quite pithy and flinty. The palate has layers and layers of fruit, delivering flavors that follow in the stone fruit and citrus threads seen on the nose. Spicy oak warms up through the finish. '
    95 Points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

    'Often one of the wilder styles in the world of NZ Chardonnay. Plenty of struck match and smoky bacon bones, apricot, kumquat and limes, spicy oak, creme caramel and sizzled sage butter. Intense flavour, bright tang of acidity, mainly stonefruit but with a certain richness and weight, nutty and toasty, and distinctly savoury and mealy through the finish, but ripped with acidity, still. Quite a thing.'
    94 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front