Awarded Super Classic Status.
Cool weather during the flowering reduced the “set”, which resulted in a small crop of grapes on the vines. The rest of the growing season was excellent and the autumn was long and warm, so that the grapes were harvested in optimal condition. The berries were initially cooled to allow a period of prefermentation “vatting”.
About seven days after harvest fermentation commenced due to the action of the grapes own yeasts. It was carried out in small open vats which were gently hand plunged to keep the floating cap of grapes moist, while avoiding excessive maceration. When the fermentation had stopped, the grape remnants were left steeping for several days to improve the wine’s texture, the exact period being determined by regular tasting. After the wine was removed from the vat, the skins were gently pressed. There followed 18 months of maturation in French oak barriques, 30% of which were new. In the spring after harvest the wine was allowed to go through natural malolactic fermentation by the action of its own micro-organisms.
The wine is a bright ruby colour with carmine hues. It has multi-faceted aromas and flavours, suggestive of ripe red berry fruits and black cherries and plums. There is an additional savoury element with impressions of mushrooms, grilled meats and game. It is generously mouth-filling and rich, but yet retains all the elegance and finesse associated with this grape variety. The ripe tannins are supple and velvety adding palatal length to the lingering after-taste.
While ready to drink on release it is expected that with careful cellaring this wine will develop increasing complexity and continue to improve for five to seven years and live for one or two decades.
Awarded Super Classic Status.
"The flight of Pegasus Bay Pinot Noirs continued to illustrate their burgundy influence, the reds often reminiscent of Morey-saint-Denis".
"Felton Road, along with Pegasus Bay has been my favourite pinot producer in New Zealand for years."
"The oak control is phenomenal, showing more elegance and sophistication than hundreds of Burgundies”
Pegasus Bay is the flagship winery of Waipara, yet the wines remain realistically priced. Plum, cola and cherry notes are accompanied by strongly umami sensations akin to mushroom and roasted beef, giving this wine ample complexity. While the wine is concentrated, it has an airy, graceful feel to it. Drink 2016–2024.
A sense of real depth, soothing dark cherry notes, some forest floor and deeply knitted oak. The palate has noble tannins and the sort of structural complexity and completeness that is the envy of most other NZ Pinot Noir makers” .
Full-flavoured Pinot Noir with plum, spice, glazed cherry, floral/violet and a hint of savoury and mineral character. Mouth-filling wine with obvious power and a lengthy finish. A consistently top wine.
“Fine, fresh, vivid and interesting with an assertive cherry fruit nose. Lovely supple, elegant palate shows nice precision. Lovely sweet fruit combined with spicy structure”.
Lifted spicy cherry fruit on the nose with higher tones of raspberry coulis and cranberry…. Lively and driven on the palate, the red fruits show supporting characters of Asian spice and a waft of forest floor. Roast game, red licorice, milk chocolate and spicy oak complete the picture. Great line, lively acidity and a balanced, lingering finish".