Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir Waipara 2006
“Pegasus Bay was certainly one of my vinous highlights during my tour of New Zealand, so much so that when I was collected for my next appointment, I made it patently clear that I was not going to be hurried and would happily extend my working day. These wines deserved my time." (Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com) The Donaldson family have been seriously involved in wine since the early 1970’s and were pioneers of local grape growing and wine making. Their aim is to grow grapes of the highest quality, which fully express the features of the vineyard, and to handle these with the utmost respect. Minimal intervention at all stages from vine to bottle typifies their approach. They believe in traditional sustainable viticultural management, low crop levels, minimal handling of fruit during processing and gentle pressing. Pegasus Bay vineyard is situated within the Waipara Valley, guaranteeing maximum protection from the Pacific's easterly breezes by being tucked up under the lee of the Teviotdale Range. At the time of release, the wine has a rich, ruby hue with a hint of vermillion. The aromas and flavours show complex intertwining of fruity and savoury elements. Berry fruits, such as raspberries and blackberries mingle with ripe, black cherries, purple peaches and plums. There is a supporting underlay of roast game, grilled bacon, mushrooms and the scent of a wood fired barbeque. There is depth and concentration in the mouth, but it avoids being ponderous and heavy, remaining light and lively. The ripe tannins gradually expand on the palate so that the wine swells and becomes velvety and mouth-filling. There is a spine of natural acidity which keeps it tight knit and muscular. While ready to drink on release, with careful cellaring it should develop additional layers of complexity for 8-12 years after harvest and live well beyond this.
External Reviews for Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir Waipara
I'm not sure whether their secret is relatively old vines or low crop yields, perhaps both, but this wine delivers consistently concentrated and powerful wine every year. It's a dense, almost chewy Pinot Noir with an appealing rustic note, strong plu... Bob Campbell, MW. A Pinot Noir wine from Canterbury in New Zealand. 2006 Pegasus Bay Winery Pinot Noir 750ml
A Pinot Noir wine from Canterbury in New Zealand. 2006 Pegasus Bay Winery Pinot Noir Prima Donna 750ml
Light nose and easy. Savoury though and no ersatz sweetness. Dry finish, no compromises. Dry finish and very appetising. Delicate. Zesty. 17.5/20 points Jancis Robinson. A Pinot Noir wine from Canterbury in New Zealand. 2006 Pegasus Bay Winery Pinot Noir Prima Donna 750ml
Medium ruby colored, the 2006 Prima Donna Pinot Noir reveals an evolving dried cherry and mulberry character on the nose with some coffee, earth and clove hints. Medium bodied with medium-firm chewy tannins and great concentration, it has refreshin... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Pinot Noir wine from Canterbury in New Zealand. 2006 Pegasus Bay Winery Pinot Noir Prima Donna 750ml
Light nose and easy. Savoury though and no ersatz sweetness. Dry finish no compromises. Dry finish and very appetising. Delicate. Zesty. 17.5/20 points Jancis Robinson.
Fermented with 10% whole bunches and matured in 30% new French oak, the intellectual 2006 Pinot Noir has a very natural nose, less fruit-driven than expected with more woodland, tertiary scents. Very well-balanced on the palate, slightly grainy tanni... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Pinot Noir wine from Wairarapa in New Zealand. 2006 Pegasus Bay Winery Pinot Noir 750ml