Pegasus Bay 2016 Prima Donna, 2015 Maestro and 2014 Finale

27-Feb-2018

Pegasus Bay is one of this country’s most consistent high quality wine producers. The wines are exceptional bottlings of the Waipara Valley in North Canterbury. Much of this comes from the experience gained by the Donaldson family from a keen interest in all of the best wines of the world from the 1970s. But now it is a keen familiarity of the estate vineyards, many of the vines fully mature at over 30 y.o., and an understanding of the consuming market. Winemaker Mat Donaldson has taken the wines down the stylistic path, making wines which ban match many of the classical examples from around the world. He is not averse to making wines in styles that are a little off the radar, but these are very good representations – which a New Zealand bent on them. The wines are very much Waipara in expression, rather than single site. As Mat says "not every terroir is worth capturing”. The critics and consumers, myself included, are fans of what Pegasus Bay does. The ‘Estate’ wines are excellent, and the ‘Reserve’ wines invariably stunning. Here, I review three ‘Reserve’ bottlings, the 2013 ‘Pima Donna’ Pinot Noir, the 2015 ‘Maestro’ Merlot/Cabernet/Malbec and 2014 ‘Finale’ Noble Sauvignon Blanc. www.pegasusbay.com


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Pegasus Bay ‘Prima Donna’ Waipara Valley North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2013
  • Pegasus Bay ‘Maestro’ Waipara Valley North Canterbury Merlot/Cabernet/Malbec 2015
  • Pegasus Bay ‘Finale’ Waipara Valley North Canterbury Noble Sauvignon Blanc Barrique Matured 2014

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