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2015 Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir

2015 Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir

'A level of effortless depth that singles this out as a consistently great New Zealand pinot noir.'
96 Points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

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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.


    Traditional Burgundian winemaking methods were used to make this wine. We picked the various blocks at different stages, depending on their maturity, aiming for a range of red and dark fruit flavours. Approximately one quarter 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 approximately 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 (40% 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 22mths in these barriques, the batches made from the many different plots and clones of pinot were carefully blended in varying portions to produce the most complex and balanced wine possible.


    The wine has a vibrant ruby appearance. On the nose there is a selection of red fruit aromas (raspberry, pomegranate and cherry), as well as pepper and clove. Underpinning this are savoury notes reminiscent of grilled game and black olive tapenade. The palate is satisfyingly concentrated with fine grained tannins, however there is a refreshing minerality which ensures the wine remains tight and focused, with a lasting finish.


    'Super vibrant with plenty of earthy forest floor aromas as well as toasted spices. The palate reveals a core of pristine dark cherry fruit flavor, beautifully judged ripe tannins and a level of effortless depth that singles this out as a consistently great New Zealand pinot noir.'
    96 Points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

    'Intense, youthful pinot noir with floral, violet, plum, cherry, cocoa powder, spice and anise flavours. Dense yet elegant wine with power and a lingering finish. The wine really opened up in the glass and deserves to be aerated before serving. Good cellaring potential.'
    95 Points - Bob Campbell, The Real Review

    'Spicy, lightly herbal perfume with earthiness, dark cherry, sour cherry all jostling around. Juicy in the palate but with a kind of lovely softness, powdery texture, a tug of tannin and bright, fresh, amaro-like acidity. Sense of deliciousness from first sip. Effortless, proper pinot.'
    94 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

    'Dark ruby-red colour with a deep heart, a little lighter on the edge with slight purple hues. The bouquet is full and redolent of fragrant dark-red cherry and berry fruit entwined savoury notes of black plums and lifted dark herbs, unfolding dark-red floral elements. The aromatics form a deep heart with plenty of aromatic presence. Medium-full bodied, the palate has an elegant and harmoniously interwoven, rich and sweet-fruited heart with flavours of dark-red berry fruit with subtle notes of savoury plums, dark herbs and fragrant florals. The mouthfeel is bright and vibrant and the succulent fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction with balanced acidity. The fruit vitality carries the wine to a long and sustained, sweet finish. This is a beautifully elegant and harmonious, vibrant and bright-fruited Pinot Noir with dark-red fruits, herbs and florals on a fresh, fine-grained palate.'
    19+/20 Raymond Chan

    'A bouquet filled with raw energy, Pinosity and an abundance of individuality. Aromas and flavours of light red fruits, mushroom and soft dried herb. The signature of clay, gravel and limestone is central to the flavour alongside the fruit. No mistaking the use of oak and its meaningful measure. Long finish. Very Pegasus Bay.'
    94 Points - Cameron Douglas MS

    'Mixed red fruit on the nose and a silky, medium to full-bodied palate give the 2015 Pinot Noir current appeal, but patient drinkers will be rewarded. It's richer and more complete than the 2014 yet retains a firmly tannic finish that suggests another year or two in the cellar would be of benefit.'
    91 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    'Subtly attractive nose mixes earth, mixed fruits and a little funk, adding liqueur fruits in time. A real punch to the fruit in the mouth, obvious intensity with lashings of cherries, a slippery, supple mouth-feel and an attractive, stalky (whole bunch?) note on the long finish that hangs in the mouth. Juicy, neatly balanced and already in a great place to enjoy.'
    Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times

    'Boldly aromatic, sitting very firmly in the darker fruited spectrum; blackberry, currant and plum with some star anise and liquorice too. There is new oak giving structure and backbone and the tannins are still quite marked. The finish is long and generous. Plenty of potential here just needs longer in bottle to harmonise properly.'
    5 Stars - Winestate Magazine