2017 Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir

Canterbury, NZ

A rich and layered Canterbury Pinot Noir, one of New Zealand's best reds



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About the Wine

The Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir comes from low-yielding vines aged over 30 years old. The wine immediately declares its complex nature with a mix of dark and red fruit, as well as liquorice, herbs, spice and smoke. Fine-boned tannin and high acidity work alingside the beautiful flavours, well-rounded mouthfeel and long finish to create a thoroughly enjoyable wine that still has lots of life in it.

While Central Otago has built a name for itself as a source of great New Zealand Pinot Noir, the Canterbury region is showing that they, too, can grow and make superb offerings. Pegasus Bay's commitment to sustainable viticulture also means that the fruit it produces will be of the highest quality, which is great news for wine lovers.

About Pegasus Bay

Ivan Donaldson's journey into wine started in the 1970s. After receiving a wine-focused book from his girlfriend, Christine, they explored the vineyards of Europe and then returned to their home in New Zealand, planting one of the first vineyards in the Canterbury region. Ivan and Christine subsequently got married, and their story has become entwined with wine ever since.

The vineyard, planted in 1985, is home to an array of grapes, such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, with their reserve Pinot Noir – Prima Donna – receiving many very positive reviews for its incredible quality.

Pegasus Bay vineyard
Pegasus Bay vineyard
Canterbury, NZ
Additional Info

From the Producer

Upon relase the colour is deep ruby. The bouquet is a seductive patchwork of red and dark fruit, with hints of violet, liquorice and a dried herb compexity. But there is more, autumn undergrowth giving way to sweet spice and smokey mineral notes. Fine grained silky tannins and bright acidity dance harmoniously on the palate, balanced by a dense core of ripe fuit. Elegant and haunting, yet powerful, with classic structure and a prolonged satisfying finish. While ready to drink on release it can be expected to cellar well and evolve gracefully for many years.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 12.50%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2029
Bottle Size : 750ml

Pegasus Bay founder Ivan Donaldson
Pegasus Bay founder Ivan Donaldson
Canterbury, NZ
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Real Review

"A selection of the best barrels from exceptional vintages and mostly from the oldest, ungrafted vines. Intense, elegant pinot noir with plum, dark cherry, floral, spice and anise flavours. Showing the benefit of a little bottle age but with potential to develop further. A very classy wine." - Bob Campbell (The Real Review)


"Bright, clear ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim. The wine has an alluring bouquet, slowly growing with red fruit, cherries, dried cranberries, underlying spice, forest floor, dried herb and delicate flower, along with a hint of smoky minerals. Medium-bodied, sweet fruit of cherries, dried cranberries, hibiscus, unfolding mushroom, forest floor, dried herb, then cinnamon, grounded nutmeg lingers with minerals. The wine is complex and pretty, delicate with underlying power and strength. Integrated lacy acidity seductively gliding along a fine-grained, silky mouthfeel to linearity, enduring sweet fruit and floral. This seductive Pinot Noir with delicate sweet fruit and floral features on a silky mouthfeel with power, charm, and a long, satisfying finish. Only produced in exceptional years, selected from best barrels made from the oldest ungrafted vines in the vineyard." Rating: 19+/20; Candice Chow (Raymond Chan Wine Reviews)


"Immensely complex and engaging, the wine shows dark berry richness with warm spice, roasted nut, smoky bacon and forest floor nuances, leading to a gracefully powerful palate delivering multi-layered mouthfeel and silky tannins. Mouthfilling and sumptuous, finishing impressively long and gratifying." Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)


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