Pegasus Bay – Aged Release 2010
Pegasus Bay Aged Release is one of the most exciting releases that I look forward to.
Pegasus Bay Aged Release program started with the 2006 wines being released 10 years from the current vintage in 2016, this is the 5th of their aged release.
I have arranged Raymond's reviews in 2013 when the wines first released, side by side to mine.
The wines can be purchased from the winery direct. https://www.pegasusbay.com/
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Pegasus Bay Riesling Aged Release 2010, WaiparaRiesling from New Zealand - Canterbury & WaiparaReview Date : 29-Jul-2020Bright, medium yellow-gold with depth and a slightly green hue, even colour throughout. The nose is softly rich and voluminous, complexing aromas of orange blossoms, white florals, along with lime and orange marmalade; interweaved with developed flavours of mead, beeswax, ginger, flint and petrol notes. The aromas are concentrated with good intensity and lively. Off-dry to taste, medium-bodied, the palate is full of vibrant flavours of orange, lime, along with delicate floral detail; integrated with honey, marmalade, beeswax, flint, lingers to a long and dry finish with detail of ginger and nutmeg spices. The age has softened the mouthwatering acidity, which balances the sugar sweetness, providing the backbone structure of the wine; flows with good energy as well as delivering freshness, alongside complexing developed flavours of mead, flint and spices, brings to long and complex linearity. This is a complex and developed Riesling with freshness and excellent balance, still time ahead. Match with fragrant Vietnamese fare over the next 3-5 years. Around 10% botrytis, cool-fermented to 12.5% alc, 28 g/l RS. 18.5+/20 pts July 2020 RRP $40
Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Riesling 2010Riesling from New Zealand - Canterbury & WaiparaReview Date : 01-Apr-2013Bright straw-yellow colour with light lemon-green hues. This has a very fulsome and softly voluminous, but finely packed bouquet of exotic floral notes in a complex amalgam of limes, honey, toast and marmalade, showing excellent integration. Refreshing nuances of minerals emerge in the glass. Medium in sweetness, bright honied, lime and floral flavours are complexed by exotic jasmine, apricot and flinty flavours along with waves of toasty detail. The fruit is well-concentrated and rounded and smooth in the mouth, but enlivened by a little CO2 prickle and underlying brisk acidity. The palate has linearity with a little textural thread that carries the flavours through to a very long finish featuring honey and florals. This is a rich and exotic medium Riesling with citrus, honey and minerally flavours and some toasty complexities. Serve as an aperitif and with Asian fare over the next 4-5 years. Estate Waipara Valley fruit with around 10% botrytis, cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 26.7 g/L rs. 18.5/20 Apr 2013 RRP $27.95
Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir Aged Release 2010, WaiparaPinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & WaiparaReview Date : 29-Jul-2020Deep, medium ruby-black with a very slight tinge of tawny on the rim. The nose is elegantly soft with good tension, aromas of black fruit, dried herbs with delicate spices entwined with subtle developed nuances of game and black truffle. Full-bodied, there's a concentrated core of sundried black plums and cherries, integrated with dried herbs, game, liquorice roots and spices, lingers to a long sustained finish. The palate is soft, with grace and power. Ripened and dried plums and cherries have concentration contributed to weight and broaden the palate, the noticeable spices add to the dimension. Gently extracted fine-grained tannin is soft and silky with an exquisite texture and grip at ten years of age, entwined with the acidity, emphasised the spices and liquorice on the back palate, a very pleasing finish. A well-integrated Pinot Noir, flavour enhanced by age and developed complexing savoury details on a silky palate. Match with venison and lamb over the next 4-6 years. From one of the warmest vintage on record. Fermented to 13.5% alc. Aged in French oak barriques for 18 months, 30% new. 18.5+/20 pts July 2020 RRP $65
Pegasus Bay Waipara Pinot Noir 2010Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & WaiparaReview Date : 23-May-2013Around a dozen different clones from vines up to 25 y.o. and ungrafted, destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with whole berries to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 30% new French oak barriques. Dark, deep ruby-red colour with some garnet hues on edge. The bouquet is gently blossoms to become voluminous, with aromas of savoury, dark red berry fruits intermixed with layers of game, earth and dried herb nuances forming subtle, complexing facets. The nose is harmonious and complete. Medium-full bodied, the flavours of dark berry fruits develop to reveal savoury earth, dried herbs, brown spices and oak elements, providing restrained, but complexing detail. The fruit is supported by considerable extract and structure, resulting in a robust mouthfeel. Good acid freshness and some alcoholic power drives the palate with energy, leading to a strong finish with grainy textures and sweet fruit. This is a robust Pinot Noir with good power and subtle, building complexity of flavour. Serve with wild duck, pork, rabbit and hare over the next 6-8 years. 18.5/20 May 2013 RRP $46.95
Pegasus Bay Reserve Prima Donna Pinot Noir Aged Release 2010, WaiparaPinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & WaiparaReview Date : 29-Jul-2020Deep, medium ruby-red with a black hue, lighter on edge with a tawny shade. The nose is elegantly restrained with perfumes of dark florals, red plums and black cherries, unfolding wet leaves, forest floor, dried thyme and spices as it aerated, along with notes of medicinal herbs, cedar and mineral element. Full-bodied, nuances of blueberries, mulberries and cherries are concentrated on the palate, unveiling medicinal herbs, liquorice roots, wet leaves, entwined with spices and lifting mineral notes. The mouthfeel is powerful yet elegant in structure with powdery, gently firm fine-grained tannin texture line. The fruit is elegant and just right in proportion, with balanced tangy acidity, drawing out beautiful perfume and spices, finish on a cleansing mineral finish. Complexing flavours unveiled one after another, full of detail and interest to savour. Match with truffle risotto and grilled venison loin over the next 5-6 years. Only made in exceptional years, selected best barrels. One-third whole-bunches, fermented to 14% alc. Aged in French oak barriques for 18 months, 40% new. 19+/20 pts July 2020 RRP $120
Pegasus Bay ‘Prima Donna’ Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2010Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & WaiparaReview Date : 05-Aug-2013Fruit of around a dozen different clones, many from 25 y.o. ungrafted vines, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with a portion of whole berries to 14.0% alc., the wine spending two weeks on skins after ferment and aged 18 months in 40% new French oak barriques. Very full, dark, deep, black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The bouquet is full, dense and concentrated with aromas of ripe dark berry fruits, black cherries and dark plums, revealing layers of detail with liquorice, spices, herbs and oak. Full-bodied, rich waves of savoury dark berry and cherry fruit flavours unfold on the palate, along with fragrant spice notes and herbs. The fruit is mouthfilling, and supported by considerable extract, the tannins very fine and supple. There is good acidity and energy, and the liveliness is enhanced by alcohol power, carrying the flavours to a lush, open, fine-textured finish with liquorice and plum notes. This is a full, rich and layered Pinot Noir with fine textures and good power. Match with slow cooked game meat dishes and semi-hard cheeses over the next 5-6+ years. 19.0-/20 Aug 2013 RRP $84.00