– Jan 22, 2024 –

“A true New Zealand classic ..." - Stephen Wong MW, Wine Sentience, NZ Awarded Super Classic Status "This is classy stuff."  - Michael Cooper's Buyer’s Guide, NZ “Surely a classic in its own right” - Michael Broadbent, Decanter, UK “Canterbury with its sunshine and big diurnal shifts is the beating heart of NZ Riesling production with Pegasus Bay arguably the country's best-known producer for the grape.” - Chris Losh, Imbibe Magazine, UK “ … Pegasus Bay’s rieslings remain New Zealand benchmarks …”  - Dr Jo Burzynska, NZ 2021 94/100 “ … Aromatic and brilliant. Full body. Vivid and medium-sweet on...

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Cabernet Franc

– Sep 20, 2022 –

2020 94/100 “Attractive cabernet franc character with cherry and redcurrant aromas and flavours. Dried flowers also. Medium round tannins give it tension and form. Some hazelnut and cedar flavours too. Will come together even more in the bottle” - James Suckling Wine Reviews, jamessuckling.com, USA 93/100 “Sweetly ripe and beautifully fragrant with dark berry, rich floral, game, dried herb and toasted nut characters, it's beautifully rounded on the palate displaying succulent fruit flavours with supple texture and loads of polished tannins. Varietally expressive and wonderfully structured with a persistent engaging finish.” - Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz, NZ 2018 94/100 “It's delightfully...

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– Nov 22, 2021 –

2017 “Fragrant, dark, rich and supple, the very graceful 2017 vintage of this estate-grown Waipara red was matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (30% new). A notably refined example of Malbec, it is full-bodied, with dense, ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours.” - Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide, NZ 94/100 “This is impressively fruited and brooding, showing blackberry, cake spice, roasted nut and smoked game characters on the nose … It's equally satisfying on the palate, displaying excellent weight and fruit richness combined with generous texture and supple tannins, finishing wonderfully long and flavoursome.” - Sam Kim –...

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– Sep 28, 2021 –

NV 93/100 “Late-harvest muscat grapes. Fermentation stopped by the addition of pure alcohol. The result is sweet dessert wine that is pure and powerful. Quite sweet but not at all cloying. A pleasure to taste.” - Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, NZ “This is instantly appealing on the nose showing dried apricot, rockmelon, pineapple and candied orange characters, followed by a wonderfully flavoursome palate offering delightful sweetness and juicy fruit intensity. Weighty and textural with a lingering refreshing finish.” - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, NZ 18.5+/20 “Full, bright, ...The nose is alluring, softly filling the glass with aromas of...

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– Sep 28, 2021 –

2018 93/100 “Wonderful, intense aromatics of flowers and white spices … Fleshy, fruity, spicy and delicious. There’s texture to this wine from phenolics and fruit tannins, the acidity pushes these along nicely, but the wine always comes back to the fruit. Nice lengthy finish, balanced and well made.” - Cameron Douglas MS, www.camdouglasms.com, NZ 18.5/20 “An exquisite, concentrated, intensely aromatic sweet white wine made in the mould of an Alsatian Muscat … Muscat Petit Grains occupies a few rows of vineyard area at Pegasus Bay winery in North Canterbury and makes this beautifully aromatic wine.” - Joelle Thomson, Drinksbiz Magazine,...

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Vergence Red

– Aug 05, 2019 –

Mk 2 92/100 “Dense, full-bodied and silken red with black-fleshed plum, cassis, black cherry and spicy oak supported by a backbone of fine, peppery tannins that emerge on the finish. Rich and satisfying red … ” - Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, NZ 92/100 “Made predominantly with Pinot Noir fruits and small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon … Fruity, textured, fresh and quite delicious … Balanced, well made.” - Cameron Douglas MS, www.camdouglasms.com, NZ 90/100 “ … Medium-bodied with silky tannins. Juicy with savoury character on the palate. Soft finish.” - James Suckling Wine Reviews, www.jamessuckling.com, NZ 18.5-/20 “ … This...

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Vergence White

– Aug 05, 2019 –

MK 1 94/100 “A complex nose … Baking spice and dried herbs blend seamlessly and add very good depth. Layered and very long … ” - James Suckling Wine Reviews, jamessuckling.com, USA 19-/20 “ … lovely intensity and concentration … unctuous and textural, flows smoothly with positive energy and drive …”  - Candice Chow, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, NZ 93/100 “ Vergence is a label for experimental wines that involve looking outside the square … A rich, textural white wine … A satisfyingly complex and weighty wine" - Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, AUS & NZ “… concentrated, vigorous wine, poised and...

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Pinot Gris

– Feb 19, 2018 –

2014 94/100 Orange marmalade in a glass, this is a real treat. Amazing toasted orange and toasted almond aromas. A sweet, hedonistic masterpiece. - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, US Download Reviews

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– Jul 02, 2015 –

2021 19/20 “One of New Zealand’s best Gewürztraminers … full-bodied, medium-sweet style that is nicely balanced by refreshing high acidity.  A stunning South Island Gewürztraminer.” - Joelle Thompson, Drinksbiz Magazine, NZ “This wine is so beautifully balanced … Clean yet richly complex, laced with manuka honey and gently, luxuriously oily to finish. Exotically excellent." - Yvonne Lorkin, www.yvonnelorkin.com NZ 93/100 “Fantastic bouquet of exotic fruits and flowers … There’s no mistaking the texture - touching all sections of the palate with a light phenolic bitterness back palate reminding me of some noteworthy Alsace examples. I really enjoy this style of...

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Sauvignon Semillon

– Jul 02, 2015 –

“Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon is one of my favourite New Zealand Wines” - Joelle Thomson, joellethomson.com NZ 2020 92/100 “ … The palate is dry with plenty of extract and a sense of innate power within a honed core. It is firm and focused with texture and weight … This is a complex, layered white Bordeaux blend …” - Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, USA 19/20 “This maverick take on a dry white Bordeaux blend has superb complexity aligned with freshness … It is a beautiful drink now and can age for up to a decade …” - Joelle Thomson, Drinksbiz...

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Merlot Cabernet

– Jul 02, 2015 –

“Pegasus Bay Merlot Cabernet ages like clockwork” - Matthew Jukes, 100 Most Iconic Wine Estates 2020 94/100 “It's gorgeously ripe and lifted on the nose … wonderfully flavoursome palate delivering excellent weight and plump mouthfeel. Well structured by beautifully infused tannins, it's bold yet stylish with a persistent robust finish.”  - Sam Kim, www,wineorbit.co.nz, NZ 18.5/20 “A delicious dark and complex blend … from North Canterbury, where long, dry autumns can offer ripe, rich, dark flavours. Add great winemaking into the mix and here is an exceptional value red that drinks beautifully now and can age further.” - Joelle Thomson,...

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– Jul 02, 2015 –

2017 “…. A wine of great depth, beauty and harmony, it has rich, oily peach, apricot and honey flavours, abundant sweetness, good acid spine and an enduring finish.” - Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooperwines.com, NZ “This is totally delicious …. It's creamy and velvety with refreshing acidity, finishing persistent and gratifying.” - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, NZ 96/100 “… Very intense, exotic wine … It's not at all cloying despite its intensity, thanks to a mouth-watering thread of fine acidity. Delicious now but no rush.” - Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, NZ 95/100 “Aromas of honeyed apricots and marmalade, fresh peaches and manuka...

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– Jul 02, 2015 –

2021 Noble Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 91/100 “ … Golden, sweet and rich yet with an intensity of bright aromatic fruit.  The sweetness fills the palate, providing a sense of volume, and despite its high level of residual sugar, it remains tidy on the finish.…” - Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, USA 2019 Noble Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 95/100 “ … a stunning bouquet with intense, complex, savoury aromas … A well-poised wine with plenty of enjoyment factor.” - Stephen Bennett MW & Lynnette Hudson, NZ Wine Rater, NZ 93/100 “ … A midweight style that has rich, sweet fruit within its core...


– Jul 02, 2015 –

2019 94/100 ”An inviting nose of blackcurrants, ink, coffee bean, pine and fresh mint … Black fruit laced with oak washes over the palate with pleasant spice and herbal complexity. Lingers on the palate.” - James Suckling Wine Reviews, www.jamessuckling.com, USA 95/100 ”The Maestro represents the best of the Pegasus Bay Bordeaux fruit. I was privileged to receive a pre-release sample and all I can suggest is that you get in the queue. There is a class about its swagger and I just want more … Dangerously smooth, its silky presence oozes the prestige of the label it represents …...

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Prima Donna

– Jul 02, 2015 –

2019 “… The delicious 2019 vintage is full-coloured, with a highly fragrant, savoury bouquet … showing excellent complexity, ripe, supple tannins and an ultra smooth, very harmonious finish” - Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooperwines.com, NZ 94/100 “… A high level of fruit concentration in its light to medium-bodied frame provides power without weight.  Aeration allows what seem initially to be dry, untamed tannins to settle and integrate more fully ...” - Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, NZ 93/100 “… A full-bodied, concentrated, engaging, flavoursome, massively structured wine with layers of mouth-coating tannins and a long savoury finish. A wine that pushes all the...

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– Jul 01, 2015 –

2022 94/100 “… Full-bodied and sweet with dried apricot and candied lemons that follow through to a sweet finish of Turkish delight”  - James Suckling Wine Reviews, www.jamessuckling.com, USA 2020 94/100 “Fabulous aromas … A delicious wine, perfect as an aperitif and some less sweeter dessert .” - Cameron Douglas MS, camdouglasms.com, NZ 94/100 “Gorgeous perfumed nose with aromas of lemon, grapefruit, magnolia and struck match/gunflint sulphide complexity… lively, invigorating, fruity-style with good drive and phenolics to balance the sweetness.” - New Zealand Wine Rater, Stephen Bennett MW & Lynnette Hudson, NZ 95/100 “… A luscious dessert wine … Sweetness...

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– Apr 03, 2014 –

2019 98/100 “The New Zealand chardonnays were equally convincing, with the likes of Pegasus Bay delivering the richness of a Montrachet and unique freshness with its Chardonnay Waipara Valley Virtuoso 2019 … . Dense and very layered, yet fresh and vivid. So long and intense. Great finish.” - James Suckling Wine Reviews, www.jamessuckling.com, USA 95/100 “Easily one of the best Chardonnays you will find in New Zealand, the team at Pegasus Bay seemingly achieve supreme class almost effortlessly … A wine that encompasses so much detail and finesse … Bravo - just brilliant". - Steve Leszcynski, www.qwinereviews.com, AUS 96/100 “...

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Bel Canto

– Apr 01, 2014 –

2022 94/100 “Alsace-style riesling with apricot, lime, orange blossom, apple and oyster shell flavours. The wine is dry but not austere. It has energy and impressive complexity. Good drinking now but with the potential to develop well with bottle age” - Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, NZ 2020 “Thirty-seven years later the family business is still at the top of the New Zealand wine tree, with this Riesling, sourced from a single vineyard in Waipara, one of the best in the country.  “Rich, mineral, slight petillance, dried fruits, apricots, honey: a complex, full rich style ….” - The Wine...

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– Dec 11, 2013 –

Awarded Classic Status. - Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide, NZ "Although wine maker Matthew Donaldson look as though he has just got in from an all night rave they are presently producing some of New Zealand’s most exhilarating, Burgundy inspired white wines...". - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, USA 2020 94/100 “Rich and reductive nose of toast, lemon curd, mango stones … Deep and oily with a full body and bright acidity. Toasty. Salted caramel at the end.” - James Suckling Wine Reviews, www.jamessuckling.com, USA 92/100 “The 2020 Chardonnay is a powerful, forthright style … It’s a serious and unapologetic style erring on...

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Pinot Noir

– Dec 11, 2013 –

Awarded Super Classic Status. - Michael Cooper's Buyer’s Guide, NZ "The flight of Pegasus Bay Pinot Noirs continued to illustrate their burgundy influence, the reds often reminiscent of Morey-saint-Denis". - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, USA "Felton Road, along with Pegasus Bay has been my favourite pinot producer in New Zealand for years." - Steve Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, USA 2021 96/100 “Superbly complex and enticing … Silky-smooth and multi-layered with loads of delectable flavours.”  - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, www.wineorbit.co.nz, NZ 95/100 “Intense pinot noir with cassis, blackberry, black cherry, spicy oak, dark chocolate and ripe plum flavours .. appealing...

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