Main Divide 2013 Pinot Gris, 2012 Chardonnay and 2011 Pinot Noir

The ‘Main Divide’ brand is the sister brand to the Donaldson Family’s Pegasus Bay label, and is named after the Southern Alps of New Zealand, which are often called the ‘backbone’ of the country. Like that backbone, Main Divide has become a strong part of the business, such that it is not regarded as a second tier to Pegasus Bay, but instead different. Essentially, Main Divide wines use contract fruit outside that owned by the company, and often outside the Waipara Valley district. The winemaking approach is identical to that of Pegasus Bay, Mat Donaldson and his team aiming to provide satisfying wines with complexing inputs. The wines are also a little more accessible, thus offering great value. Here, I review the new release 2013 Pinot Gris, 2012 Chardonnay and 2011 Pinot Noir, these varieties proven winners for Main Divide.


  • Main Divide Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2013
  • Main Divide Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2012
  • Main Divide Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2011

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