Spring and early summer were exceptionally dry and we felt the vines would be adversely affected by lack of water. Then the unexpected happened. We had a downpour in mid-February which set the dry streams gurgling and recharged the ground water levels. After this the vines had enough water to keep them happy until harvest.

After picking, the grapes were gently pressed and the cloudy juice was allowed to undergo natural fermentation by the action of the fruits’ indigenous yeasts. The sauvignon blanc portion was fermented in stainless steel and large oak vats to retain its vibrant fruit flavours and aromas while the semillon was allowed to ferment in old oak barriques to give it more body and richness. After fermentation had finished these 2 components were allowed to rest separately on their yeast lees (sur lie) for 9 months, to add a greater mid-palate texture before they were carefully blended, according to taste, and then bottled.

In this traditional Bordeaux blend the sauvignon blanc has given a complex range of exotic aromas and flavours suggestive of lychees, paw paw, Turkish musk and passion-fruit, backed by hints of gooseberry and dried wild herbs. The semillon has added complementary lemon and lime flavours and helps fill out the mid-palate providing weight and depth. The wine has a backbone of tangy minerality and acidity which helps dry out the palate and give it a zippy finish.

While ready to drink on release it should develop additional fascinating nuances with careful cellaring over the next 5-6 years and should live for a decade or more.

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“Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon is one of my favourite New Zealand Wines”

- Joelle Thomson, joellethomson.com NZ

2015

93/100
A very concentrated full-tilt take on the Style . A wealth of ripe lemon, cool herbs and bright tropical fruit accents as well as papaya on the palate. Flesh and acidity are well matched”. 
- Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com, USA
An absolute classic, none of our judges were surprised….. absolutely set the bar for this exotic and exciting style over the decades. …Gorgeous stuff.”
- Yvonne Lorkin, Dish magazine, NZ
This is one of the South Island’s most complex and interesting white wines ….. richly textural white, modelled on the best Bordeaux whites and putting Canterbury’s finest”
- Joelle Thomson, joellethomson.com, NZ

2014

91/100
“… intensely scented … medium to full-bodied with a decadent oiliness to the texture, it fills the palate … finishing with great persistence …”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com, USA
“   One of my favourite New Zealand wines and one that I buy extremely regularly and love even more every time I open it – again, it’s all about savoury flavours complex creamy notes … fresh and zesty” 
- Joelle Thomson, joellethomson.com, NZ
91+/100
“…Really leaves the taste buds quivering … A rather uncompromising, idiosyncratic Sauvignon-Semillon blend in the style of a white Bordeaux.
- Steve Tanzer, vinous.com, USA
18+/20
“… This is a moderately rich, concentrated and harmoniously presented Sauvignon/Semillon blend with subtle complexities and a soft, dry finish. ….”
- Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, NZ
“ … concentrated and complex, with loads of personality … A very distinctive wine” 
- Michael Copper, michaelcooper.co.nz, NZ

2012

94/100
"This wine has excellent fruit freshness, complexity balance and length. Oatmeal, stone fruit and tropical fruits with complexity. In the mouth a complex cascading quince citrus and finishing lychee awash in tropical zesty acidity with fresh ripe citrus, passionfruit, guava, lemon and pink grapefruits all offering flavours to drive exceptional length and complexity.
- Rob Geddes MW, Author of Australia Wine Vintages
”The fruit richness is balanced and cut by crisp acidity, and the palate is elegant in proportion with a fine phenolic line smoothly carrying the wine. As the wine flows, the palate tends to dryness and the flavours lead to a long, lingering finish. This is an elegantly concentrated Sauvignon/Semillon blend with fresh, fruit and a fine linearity and dry mouthfeel. …”
- Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, NZ
This is a seriously powerful white wine and clearly semillon is an excelsior in the blend; wonderfully decedent and invigorating, drinking well now but you can sense with its unbridled power and cut it will cellar for 10 years or more.
- Curtis Marsh, thewanderingpalate.com
A serious and muscular Sauvignon dominant blend with ripe green fruits and a complex smoky, flinty element.
- Wine NZ magazine

2011

92/100
Pale straw-tinged yellow. Complex, bracing aromas of gooseberry, white pepper, ginger, quinine, crushed stone and dusty herbs, plus a hint of lanolin. Broad, spicy and quite dry, with firm acidity giving excellent cut to the subtle flavors of citrus fruits and floral oils; more concentrated than the overwhelming majority of New Zealand's sauvignon-based wines. The long finish features a bitter-edged grapefruit note that calls for a year or two of patience.
- Steve Tanzer, internationalwinecellar.com, USA
The flavours lead to a very long, lingering, tightly bound finish. This is a very elegant, concentrated Sauvignon Blanc based wine with very fine textures and complex flavours.
- Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, NZ
This is one of the country’s best sauvignon blancs, but not as you normally know it. A little Semillon in this blend goes a long way towards creating a rainbow of flavours…The result is complex, fascinating flavours with richness, depth and length to burn.
- Joelle Thompson, Your Weekend magazine, NZ
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Licence Holder:Donaldson Family Limited T/A:Pegasus Bay Winery.
Licence no:57/OFF/458/2018 Exp:16/03/2019