2019 Pegasus Bay Estate Pinot Noir

Canterbury, NZ

A velvety and complex Canterbury Pinot Noir with a superb finish


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About the Wine

The Pegasus Bay Estate Pinot Noir is sourced from several blocks within the estate vineyard. Around 40% of the fruit was left as whole bunches and placed at the bottom of the tank, where the oxygen-free environment helped create very bright, fruity aromas and flavours.

While not as opulent as the Prima Donna Pinot Noir, the Estate shows the same DNA, with a core of red and black fruit, spice and some savoury characters such as smoke, truffle and earth. The wine shows great balance between tannin, acidity and alcohol, and the finish is sry and satisfying. A delightful Pinot Noir all round.

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 release the wine is bright ruby in colour, the bouquet a rich tapestry of both red and dark fruit, as well as savoury notes. Heady aromas of cherries, plums and pomegranate swell from the glass, flanked by a smouldering column of cinnamon, mushroom, truffle and leather. The mouthfeel is generous yet supple, with a pelt of velvety ripe tannins that adds structure and length. Well-judged acidity completes the perfect partnership, giving balance and setting up for a long and harmonious finish.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 13.00%
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 Wine Front

Quite often the Pinot Noir from Pegasus Bay takes me a little while to get my head around. Kind of ‘oh I really like this, but no hang on, that’s a bit unusual, I’m not quite sure.’ Anyway, they take a little time to come up in the glass, and then you get a better idea of what it’s all about. Am I vacillating? I think so. I’ve tasted maybe 20 vintages of this wine now, starting with the 1999 or thereabouts, which means I’m getting on a bit. "Red and black fruits, some perfume, quite smoky/toasty, cedar oak, spice and dried herb too. It’s fresh and maybe a little brighter than some vintages, and offers something of a fresh tomato and tamarillo tang, strawberry and blood plum, firm tannin, with a finish that’s quite long, but also curiously bitter and sappy. Idiosyncratic as ever. I’d say a few years will see it come up pretty nicely." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


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