Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2016/17
"...the finest regular Peg Bay Pinot in some time...medium-bodied, with a silky feel and a lingering finish that echoes with attractive tea-like nuances." robertparker.com
Pegasus Bay's Pinot Noir a traditional Burgundian style Pinot Noir with a concentrated core and hints of game and black olive.
Grapes yield from (up to 25-year-old) vines in the Waipara Valley of North Canterbury. The vines benefit from free draining, north-facing terraces carved out of New Zealand's Southern Alps by an ice-age glacier, while the individual parcels of wine were aged for 18 months in Burgundian barriques, then carefully blended.
Pegasus Bay is a family-run winery, one of Canterburys top estates and rated in New Zealands Top 5 producers by Robert Parker. The Donaldson family have been seriously involved in wine since the early 1970s and were pioneers of local grape growing and wine making.
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.
"Made with 40% whole clusters, the 2016 Pinot Noir looks to be the finest regular Peg Bay Pinot in some time. Its spicy, stemmy, sappy notes are balanced by bright, fresh black cherry fruit. It's medium-bodied, with a silky feel and a lingering finish that echoes with attractive tea-like nuances." robertparker.com
5 STARS & SUPER CLASSIC (Overall rating) - Michael Cooper Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines
5 STARS - Bob Campbell MW Wine Reviews
96 POINTS - James Suckling Wine Reviews (Nick Stock)
92 Points - robertparker.com
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.