Early and mid-summer were extremely hot, raising the concern that the sauvignon blanc and semillon might lose their freshness and zesty varietal aromas and flavours. Late summer, however, was unusually cold, which slowed development and allowed the long warm autumn, which followed, to draw out ripening. We were thus able to harvest fully mature, perfect fruit in late autumn, which is our aim.

After harvest, the whole berries were gently pressed to extract the juice, which was not clarified and allowed to undergo natural fermentation by the action of wild yeasts. The sauvignon blanc was fermented in tank, while the semillon was fermented in old oak barriques. Subsequently the wine was matured on its yeast lees to help it develop mid-palate texture and weight. It was then carefully blended, according to taste, the sauvignon blanc being 80% and the semillon 20%.

The bouquet and flavour profile of the wine shows a complex integration of these 2 grape varieties, with sauvignon providing strong impressions of gooseberries, elderflowers, passionfruit, lychees, paw-paw and tropical spices. The semillon gives elements of yellow plums, greengages and dried herbs. These are overlain with hints of musky Turkish spice and wisps of gun-smoke. The wine has generous palatal weight, but remains tight and focused with a crisp citrusy finish and a lingering after-taste. Although ready to drink on release it may be expected to become increasing complex with careful cellaring. While the sauvignon characters will become more refined and subdued, the semillon component should become more expressive with citrus, lanolin and toasty nuances.

“More complex and animated than most New Zealand sauvignons.”
- Steve Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, USA
This label has received the highest score (95/100) given to any new world Sauvignon based wine in the history of Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, USA


"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
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, www.thewanderingpalate.com
A serious and muscular Sauvignon dominant blend with ripe green fruits and a complex smoky, flinty element.
- Wine NZ magazine


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, www.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
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:Dr I Donaldson T/A:Pegasus Bay Winery.
Licence no:057/OFF/001/2015 Exp:22/12/2017