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Pegasus Bay Chardonnay

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Pegasus Bay Chardonnay

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Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A superbly complex chardonnay that shows winemaking prowess fused to concentrated fruit in a very convincing way. There s grapefruit citrus, lime pith, some sherbet-like fragrant lemon too; a great wine from the get-go. The palate has a scintillatingly focused spine of lemon and grapefruit citrus flavour, terrific length and depth, long and convincing, and a toasty finish.
Good Wine Guide 2013
93
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
An edgy young nose on this complex, full-throttle chardonnay, making a zesty citrus and mountain herb impression ahead of melon and just-ripe tropical fruits - there's a lot going on here. The palate has layered, powerful flavour and texture, solids influence is built in deep, and there's a grapefruit pith flavour as it builds to the finish. Oak casts a toasty shroud across the finish - long and impressive.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
94
Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
Strapping yet delicate, richly flavoured yet subtle, this sophisticated wine is one of the country's best Chardonnays grown south of Marlborough. Muscular and taut, it typically offers a seamless array of fresh, crisp, citrusy, biscuity, complex flavours and great concentration and length. Estate-grown at Waipara, it is based almost entirely on mature Mendoza clone vines, fermented with indigenous yeasts, given a full, softening malolactic fermentation and matured for a year on its yeast lees in barrels (French oak puncheons, 30 per cent new in 2007). The 2007 vintage is straw-hued, with a complex bouquet, slightly funky and nutty. Mouthfilling and rich, with stone-fruit flavours, dry, complex and long, it's a firm, powerful yet elegant wine, with loads of personality.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
Strapping yet delicate, richly flavoured yet subtle, this sophisticated wine is one of the country's best Chardonnays grown south of Marlborough. Muscular and taut, it typically offers a seamless array of fresh, crisp, citrusy, biscuity, complex flavours and great concentration and length. Estate-grown at Waipara, it is based almost entirely on 19-year-old Mendoza-clone vines, whole-bunch pressed, fermented with indigenous yeasts, given a full, softening malolactic fermentation and matured for a year on its yeast lees in barrels (French oak, 30 per cent new). The 2004 vintage is light yellow/green, with the 'funky' bouquet contributed by indigenous yeasts. Fresh, crisp and concentrated, it has grapefruit, peach and lime flavours, still youthful but showing good intensity. Open mid 2006+.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Strapping yet delicate, richly flavoured yet subtle, this sophisticated wine is one of the country's best Chardonnays grown south of Marlborough. Muscular and taut, it typically offers a seamless array of fresh, crisp, citrusy, biscuity, complex flavours and great concentration and length. Estate-grown at Waipara, it is fully fermented in barrels (French oak, about 30 per cent new), and about half the final blend goes through malolactic fermentation (100 per cent in 2001). It's a strong performer in the cellar. The 2001 vintage, lees-aged for a year; is bright, light lemon/green, with a rich, welcoming bouquet. A powerful, weighty (14 per cent alcohol) yet elegant wine, it's still very youthful, with deep grapefruit and biscuity oak flavours, slight mineral and butterscotch characters adding complexity and a fresh, strong finish. Open mid-2003+.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; complex nutty, creamy aromas on the bouquet are followed by a palate with almost untamed power and concentration, and considerable complexity. A slightly bitter finish detracts marginally from the wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
88
Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1993 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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