Pegasus Bay 2007 Aged Release Riesling and Pinot Noir

Most wine producers keep a wine library with a collection of all the wines they have made. Tasting from the library gives a very good idea of the longevity of their wines and also an impression of when they are best to drink. With a history stretching back three decades, the Donaldson family at Pegasus Bay are very aware of the aging ability of their wines, and established a programme of ‘Aged Release’ wines for their Riesling, Pinot Noir and ‘Prima Donna’ Pinot Noir (when made), to offer to their clientele at the wines’ age at 10 years. They set aside small quantities of these wines to show that a decade of bottle age would show greater complexity, and very different characteristics to the young wines, and quite possibly greater enjoyment. The Donaldsons intend to offer the ‘Aged Release’ wines at the same time every year, in August. They anticipate the wines will be taken up quickly, so I would recommend you register your interest as soon as possible if you wish to obtain these wines.

I review the 2007 Aged Release Riesling and Pinot Noir here.  The 2007 growing season was marked by strong winds around the time of flowering, affecting pollination.  As a result the yields were significantly reduced.  But with this came fruit with greater concentration and depth.  I can say that they have developed extremely well with good balance and increased complexities, and show no signs of deterioration. They will appeal to wine enthusiasts who wish to see how wines mature, and those who enjoy drinking such wines. www.pegasusbay.com


  • Pegasus Bay ‘Aged Release’ Waipara Valley Riesling 2007
  • Pegasus Bay ‘Aged Release’ Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2007

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