Our 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. Natural methods and as little intervention as possible at all stages from vine to bottle typify our approach. We believe in sustainable viticultural management, organic techniques, low crop levels, minimal handling of fruit during processing, gentle pressing and slow fermentation. We allow wines to go through natural malolactic fermentation and clarify by settling. Our red wines are bottled without filtration. We aspire to capture the unique flavours of the vineyard in our wine.
The Donaldson family have been seriously involved in wine since the early 1970's and were pioneers of local grape growing and wine making. Associate Professor and Consultant Neurologist, Ivan Donaldson, is a wine writer and wine judge. He also oversees viticulture and wine styles. His wife, Christine, is business manager and as a passionate opera lover, organises annual operatic concerts in Pegasus Bay's natural amphitheatre. Their eldest son, Matthew, did an oenology degree and a postgraduate diploma in viticulture at Roseworthy College in Australia. He and his partner Lynnette Hudson, who graduated with distinction from Lincoln University with a postgraduate diploma in oenology and viticulture, are the winemakers. Matthew supervises the reds and Lynnette oversees the whites. Another son, Edward Donaldson, is marketing manager and, as a trained chef, supervises the Pegasus Bay Vineyard restaurant. Pegasus Bay is an entirely family-owned and operated enterprise.
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On release the wine has a bright crimson hue. Its vibrant aromas and flavors suggest black cherries, blackberries, raspberries and mulberries. These impressions of fruit are underlain with savory notes hinting of grilled mushrooms, barbequed meats and wood-smoke. It initially seems soft in the... more
The wine's bouquet and flavour suggests citrus fruit, especially limes,
along with peaches, nectarines, lychees, pineapple and tropical spices.
There is a core of minerality and tangy acidity, which flows through the palate, helping to draw out the wine's length and balance its
off-dry finish.... more
This is an off-dry style Riesling with purity and focus.
Fantastic aperitif. Sweet fleshed crustaceans such as prawn and crab. A wide variety of Asian-influenced cuisine. more
Our vineyard gives us an excellent concentration of fruit as well as plenty of structure for this wine. Over 40 individual batches from more than 10 clones have been fermented separately aiming to extract only the velvety tannins.
Delicious with game dishes, duck, lamb, mushrooms, truffles. more
The wine has a vibrant carmine hue. Its aromas and flavours are a complex interplay of fruity and savoury elements, suggesting cherries, raspberries and blackberries, intermingled with roast game, grilled mushrooms, black olives, liquorice and coffee. There is a dense core of fruit in the mouth... more
It has a star bright lemon hue and while lemons, limes and mandarins come to the fore there is a background of ripe stonefruit such as peaches and apricots. Honeysuckle and honeycomb influences come from botrytis, which has also made the wine more full bodied and concentrated. It has a spine of... more
Bright red-ruby. Superripe aromas of musky raspberry, strawberry, mocha and nutmeg, with a whiff of rhubarb adding complexity; I would have placed this on the Chambolle/Morey border. Silky on entry, then broad and sweet in the middle, with superb texture and fleshiness for New Zealand Pinot. But... more
The 2005 Chardonnay exhibits a more Puligny-style nose with touches of limestone and granite on the palate, still quite tight and needing another year in bottle.
Although winemakers Matthew Donaldson and Lynette Hudson look as if they have just got in from an all-night rave, they are presently... more
Riesling seems to have found its natural home in Waipara and it's one of our flagship wines. We regard the 2002 as amongst the best we have made. It is packed with citrus and ripe stone-fruit flavours accompanied by an underlying hint of spice. There is splendid fruit concentration on the palate... more