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2013 Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Notes

The upfront aromas and flavours suggest raspberry, pomegranate, black cherry, purple plum, chocolate and spice. These overlay savoury hints of barbecued meats, grilled mushrooms and black olive tapenade. It is richly textured and mouth filling with powerful but velvety tannins that flow evenly through the palate, helping to draw out the lingering aftertaste. While ready to drink on release it can be expected to cellar well and evolve gracefully for many years.

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2013 Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

Gary Walsh (2013 Vintage) says
Invariably lead in with something about Pegasus Bay being one of NZ’s leading Pinot Noir producers. No change here. Spicy, savoury and fruity at once. Dark cherries, black olives in herbs, cold meats, cola – it’s all going on. Medium bodied, black olive and spiced cherries, meaty and reductive, yet perfumed with dried roses, runs clean acidity, fleshy grainy tannin, and a long savoury blood plum aftertaste. It’s a wine of undeniable personality and charisma, as ever.
2018 - 2028
94
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Finely tuned aromas of dark cherry, plum and blackberry, with lifted raspberry compote high notes. Ample spice, gamey nuance and complexity to please the fussiest of pinot drinkers. Detailed, balanced and very drinkable.
Good Wine Guide 2013
93
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Pegasus Bay builds pinot noir of proper structure and longevity of international standards. Berry cherry fruits are impeccable, not unusual for New Zealand, but its a beautifully defined mineral tannin structure that really sets it apart. Forty percent new French oak amplifies its mouthfeel and guarantees to sustain it very long.
http://tysonstelzer.com/ 2013
95
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The richness and brooding sweet, earthy complexity here is a signature of the Pegasus Bay pinot style: graphite and savoury mineral notes, liquorice, complex foresty complexity too. The palate has impressive density, with meaty anise and liquorice flavour, dark cherry and spice - really full-flavoured and juicy, with some dark chocolate to close.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
95
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
A rising star of Waipara, honed by a splendid season into a gorgeous and pure pinot noir of proper structure and longevity. Refined red cherry fruit carries seamlessly through a silky finish of commanding tannins.
WINE100 2012
95
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Concentrated, intense and brooding richness on the nose, some almost boot polish-like oak and dark plum and cherry fruit aromas. Even the colour's deep - all part of the Pegasus Bay style. The palate comes with a sturdy core of flavour, dark cherry and plum, some sweet toasted spices and fine, dense tannins. It all builds to an up-beat finish and you have to marvel at the way such richness, power and complexity are all brought to rest on a precise point of balance. Another superb Pegasus Bay pinot.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
96
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
The Donaldson family's record with pinot is nothing short of superb. Dark, briary forest-floor aromas, game meats and wild berries, sweet oak sits among essence-like fruit. The palate is a swirling mix of dark cherry and mushroom flavours, thoroughly ripe dense tannins and bright acid cut, finishing with a smoky twist. Magnificent.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
95

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