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2015 Main Divide Sauvignon Blanc

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Within the Waipara Valley, Pegasus Bay vineyard gets maximum protection from the Pacific’s easterly breezes by being tucked up under the lee of the Teviotdale Range. This Main Divide Waipara Sauvignon Blanc is a true example of exquisite, exceptional quality New Zealand white wine.

This is one of the closer, if not the closest, examples to Sancerre, that you will find in NZ Sauvignon Blanc's. It has light hints of passionfruit and citrus, but it is far more linear and steely. Its quite rich and mouthfilling, but the finish is tight as a fishes bum.

Winemaker's Notes

This was an ideal grape growing season with a warm summer and a long lingering dry autumn. Low crop levels have given this wine extra concentration.The grapes were grown in a sheltered position on well drained stony soil in the Waipara Valley. Judicious leaf removal in the fruiting zone produced dappled sunlight on the grapes ensuring optimum ripeness without overheating the berries.

The grapes were picked in separate batches during April, the aim being to produce a spectrum of very ripe but zesty aromas and flavours in the finished wine. After gentle pressing of the berries the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to help the wine express its varietal purity. It was subsequently kept on its natural yeast deposit (sur lie) for a short while before bottling in order to help fill out the mid-palate and add extra complexity.

The wine exudes intertwining impressions of citrus blossom, elderflower, passion fruit, white peaches, nectarines and mango. It has a rich mid-palate but it finishes crisp, dry and zingy. The flavours linger in the mouth well after swallowing.

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2015 Main Divide Sauvignon Blanc

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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
From Pegasus Bay. The 2009 vintage, not identified on the label by region, was grown in Marlborough. It's a mouthfilling wine, fleshy and sweet-fruited, with very good flavour depth and a smooth, dry finish. (The 2010 was grown at Waipara.)
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Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
A bright, fresh savvy from the Pegasus Bay crew; sourcing fruit from outside their home region, this has softer minerally aromatics, not pungent or obtuse, smells attractive and gently tropical scented. The palate's carrying some sweetness, more tropical fruits here, even and supple.
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WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Subdued, complex wine with slightly smoky aromas and a herbal palate with gooseberries underneath.
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
From Pegasus Bay, the 2003 vintage is a blend of Marlborough and Canterbury grapes, handled in stainless steel tanks, with a small percentage of barrel-aged Semillon. Fleshy, with tropical-fruit and herbaceous characters, it's a full-bodied, faintly honeyed wine, crisp and flavoursome, with an off-dry finish.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
The 1998 vintage from Pegasus Bay is a Marlborough wine, partly fermented and lees-aged in seasoned oak casks. Scented and mouthfilling, with strong, ripe fruit characters and a touch of complexity, it's a very non-herbaceous style with pineappley, rounded flavours and a slightly off-dry, lingering finish.
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