Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from New Zealand
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 mouth but rapidly expands to become powerful, while at the same time remaining refined and elegant. A spine of ripe tannins flows through the wine and helps draw out its lingering after-taste. While ready to drink on release, with careful cellaring it should become more expressive and multifaceted over the next 6-8 years and live well beyond.
The Wine Advocate - "Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2009 Pinot Noir offers a moderate intensity of raspberry, red cherry and pomegranate aromas at this stage with a yeasty / toasty undercurrent and a whiff of hung meat. The medium bodied palate is elegantly fruited with a medium level of fine tannins, lively acidity and a long finish. Still very young, it should drink best 2012 to 2017+.
Wine Enthusiast - "Smoky aromas of hickory-laced dark fruit lead the way, easily sliding into boysenberry and bacon notes on the palate. The flavors are meaty and savory, not simply fruity, while the texture is lush. One of the best examples of Peg Bay Pinot Noir in memory, it finishes long, framed by supple tannins. Editors' Choice."
International Wine Cellar - "Medium red. Aromas of raspberry, smoke, spices and caraway seed. Silky, sweet and generous, with impressive breadth to the red berry and mineral flavors. Not overly fruity today, but this plush, complex wine should reward a few years of cellaring. Pegasus Bay's pinot consistently beats the pants off most New Zealand examples for sheer suavity of texture."
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Pegasus Bay Winery
Pegasus Bay was established by the Donaldson family who were pioneers of the Canterbury wine industry. Professor Ivan Donaldson, a consultant neurologist, planted one of the region’s first vineyard in the mid 1970’s. Ivan quickly saw the huge potential for grape growing in the region and in 1985 established what is now Pegasus Bay’s home vineyard in the Waipara Valley of North Canterbury along with his wife Christine and their four sons.
Three of their four sons have since joined the business. Matthew, their eldest son is wine making. Their youngest son Paul is General Manager while another son Edward is Marketing Manager and along with his wife Belinda runs the highly acclaimed winery restaurant which has been awarded NZ’s top winery restaurant for 5 consecutive years in the Cuisine Magazine NZ restaurant of the year awards, and has been awarded a coveted Chefs Hat in 2015.
The estate’s primary focus is Pinot Noir and Riesling. The home vineyard was planted on the north facing terraces of the Waipara Valley on free draining river gravels. The site is ultra low yielding and produces fruit of rare concentration. Structure and texture however are hallmarks of the estate’s highly individual wines. The home vineyard is now 30 years old where the fruit is exclusively sourced.
Recent accolades include receiving a 5 star rating by Robert Parker where he named Pegasus Bay one of New Zealand’s top 5 estates, rated by Matthew Dukes as one of the worlds most iconic 100 wines estates, named Canterbury’s top producer by Michael Cooper. View all Pegasus Bay Wines
About Other New ZealandView a map of Other New Zealand wineries
A few other New Zealand areas include the region of Auckland, high up on the North Island, Nelson, sitting to the west of Marlborough, and Canterbury, just under Waipara on the South Island. Most wines in New Zealand will come from a designated area and say so on the label.
Notable FactsAuckland was one of the first wine growing regions of the country, but now produces very little of New Zealand's wine. It's pretty wet up there so vineyards are planted in the driest spots possible – reds are most popular here. Nelson is the only region along the west coast of the country, producing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Canterbury's chilly climate is best suited for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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