With the cooler spring the flowers on the vines did not pollinate fully and this resulted in a smaller "set" of berries. A warm but not overly hot summer ensured full, but slow ripening and encouraged the development of good varietal flavours. The autumn was dry and lingering which allowed the grapes to be harvested in optimum condition. The semillon was held on the vine until late in the autumn to ensure full maturity.

After gentle separation of the juice it was fermented at cool temperatures to retain the fruity aromas and flavours. This was followed by ageing on its yeast lees for nine months to help develop mid palate texture and complexity. The semillon component was aged throughout this time in old oak barriques and allowed to go through natural malolactic fermentation by the action of indigenous bacteria.

The sauvignon blanc was held in tank to help retain its strong varietal characters. The wine was then carefully blended, the final assemblage being the traditional mix of sauvignon blanc (70%) and semillon (30%).

The wine exhibits exotic overtones of gooseberry, passionfruit and lychee, which come from the sauvignon blanc. The semillon offers complementary lemon and lime flavours but in addition adds a smoky savoury twist and provides palatal structure and length. The latter grape also adds longevity and with cellaring toasty nuances will appear. The wine is expected to improve in the bottle over the next 3-5 years.


“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

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
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

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, 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