Pegasus Bay 2013 Gewurztraminer, and 2012 Riesling and Chardonnay

The best expression of fruit and site must be prime in the making of authentic wine. Matt Donaldson of Pegasus Bay has found over the years that the Riesling variety as grown in the Waipara Valley has a synergy with the land, and much of his winemaking decisions now come easily in making this wine. Matt prefers to pick the fruit late and with some botrytis influence and bottles the wine early with some dissolved CO2, making what is regarded as an individual, but classic style for the region. The Pegasus Bay Chardonnay has also followed a path of evolution that has resulted in a very burgundian style. With this wine, Matt is looking for even greater freshness, finesse and elegance, to allow the grape and land to speak with greater clarity, and has pulled back on the degree of oaking and other inputs to achieve his goals. For Pegasus Bay, Gewurztraminer is a relatively new variety, first released with the 2009 vintage. Excellent expressions of the variety have been made in the district for over two decades, but to date, the Pegasus Bay wines have shown style variation, admits Matt. He will no doubt become more consistent with his handling of the variety over time. Meanwhile, enjoy the ride with Pegasus Bay Gewurztraminer… Here, I review the latest releases of these three varieties.


  • Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Gewurztraminer 2013
  • Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Riesling 2012
  • Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2012

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