The grapes from which this wine was made came from the oldest gewürztraminer vines in the Waipara Valley and were planted by the pioneer vigneron John McCaskey in the 1970’s. With an early budburst, a warm summer and a lingering, dry autumn, the season was ideal for this variety. We waited until the fruit was ultra-ripe (28 brix) late in the season before picking a small crop.

After gentle pressing the unclarified juice was put into old French oak barrels where it was allowed to undergo natural fermentation by the action of the grapes’ indigenous yeasts. We decided not to risk compromising the wine’s concentration and pure varietal characters and thus bottled it without fining. This may result in a harmless, natural sediment forming with time, so that as it ages decanting may become necessary.

The wine has intense aromas and flavours suggestive of quinces, lychees and paw paw. Tantalising impressions of Turkish delight and musky tropical spices support these. While generously mouth-filling and fleshy it has a big-boned, muscular structure without any excess fat, and a flinty firmness, which complements its off-dry after-taste.

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2013

95/100
Totally seductive Gewurztraminer . . . It is a triumph both texturally and in terms of complexity. Above all its a lovely drink”
- Bob Campbell MW, www.bobcampbellwinereviews.com
18.5/20
“… The mouthfeel is soft and unctuous with very fine textures, and good alcohol power and drive. Some complex reductive elements add interest and are carried to a long, soft, near-decadent finish. This is a rich, near-decadent, medium-dry Gewurztraminer with ginger and honied flavours along with some subtle funky complexities. …
- Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

2011

… Alsace-like, with substantial body and excellent delicacy, complexity and length. Poised and youthful, it is already lovely, with rich peach, lychee and spice flavours, and a gentle splash of sweetness. Benchmark stuff.
- Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide, NZ
The aromas and flavours suggest freshly sliced, ripe pear, intertwined with hints of quince, greengage and loquat. The palate is complex and multi-faceted, with an unctuous concentration of fruit and lusciousness, balanced by a spine of minerality and grapefruit-like acidity which draw out the length and complement the lingering aftertaste.
- Wine of the year finalist - Wine State magazine, Australia
Utterly drop dead deliciously good; obviously a Gewürztraminer in the hands of a master, in this case North Canterbury winemaker Mat Donaldson, who treats Gewurz’ like a great Riesling, giving it all the intensity and enhancing its acidity too. The result is an amazingly pretty, super tropical, ultra refreshing wine. A must try . . . this wine is a winner.
- Joelle Thompson, DrinksBiz , 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