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Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from New Zealand
  • RP92
  • WS92
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Winemaker Notes

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.

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RP 92
The Wine Advocate

Deep ruby-purple colored, the 2008 Pinot Noir gives an abundance of dark berry and floral notes: black cherry, black raspberry, violets plus touches of underbrush and smoked duck. Crisp, rich and concentrated, this medium bodied Pinot is seductively textured with a medium level of velvety tannins. The finish is long. It’s temptingly approachable now, though should reward cellaring, drinking to 2016.
Rating: 92+

WS 92
Wine Spectator

Complex and generous, delivering velvety tannins that beautifully frame flavors of ripe black cherry, plum and pomegranate, with terrific details of violet, dried rose, mineral and spicy tobacco leaf. Powerful and elegant at the same time. Drink now through 2017. 1,700 cases made.

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Pegasus Bay

Pegasus Bay

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Pegasus Bay , , New Zealand
Pegasus Bay
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.


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