Spring was mild and encouraged early budburst and development of the new growth on the vines. The weather then became cooler, resulting in a relatively small crop of grapes setting. The growing season was long with a lingering autumn. The vines were carefully trained by hand to give the grapes and the leaves maximum exposure to the sun. Because of the low crop levels the fruit ripened beautifully with intense flavours, lots of concentration and good natural acidity.

The ripe, lightly crushed berries, without any stems, were allowed to start fermenting shortly after they had been picked. During the fermentation the wine was aerated by splashing and pumped back over the fermenting "cap" of grapes to keep them moist in the traditional Bordelaise manner. When the tumultuous fermentation was finished the wine was left for a further 2 weeks with the skins before gentle pressing. It was then put into small oak barriques, 30% of which were new. In the spring after harvest it was allowed to go through natural malolactic fermentation using the vineyard's indigenous bacteria. It remained in the oak barriques for 18 months, during which time it was given 4-6 rackings to enable it to achieve clarity without filtration.

It is a classical blend of Bordeaux claret grape varieties with 50% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot and 10% cabernet franc. Lively ruby hues shot with hints of purple lead into aromas and flavours of spicy cassis, black plums, vanilla pod and smoky black olive. It has a generous plump supple structure with good ripe tannins, which will help it mellow and age gracefully with cellaring.


“Pegasus Bay Merlot Cabernet ages like clockwork”

- Matthew Jukes, 100 Most Iconic Wine Estates

2013

91/100
“An impressive wine for the ball of succulent ripe plum-flavored fruit it dishes up amid succulently ripe tannins and fresh, earthy, background complexity. This has all-round appeal, casual or formal!”
- Nick Stock, jamesSuckling.com, US
“ … strong, vibrant blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, finely integrated oak, ripe, supple tannins, and excellent depth, complexity and harmony.”
- Michael Copper, michaelcooper.co.nz, NZ
“ …. immensely appealing …. Excellent length"
- Winestate Magazine, AUS
92/100
“ … Lovely bouquet of fruit, mineral, concentration and charm … complex and intriguing … Great example from Canterbury” 
- Cameron Douglas MS, camerondouglasms.blogspot.co.nz, NZ

2012

"…The nose is seamlessly melded and reveals fragrant spices, musk and a suggestion of camphor. Medium-full bodied, the palate is softly concentrated with integrated flavours ... good depth and the palate flows smoothly with satin-like tannins, and underlying acid vitality. ... long, complex….”
- Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

2011

“Full-coloured, with fresh plum, spice and nutty oak flavours, showing excellent complexity and depth."
- Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide, NZ

2010

impressive complexity …” Good intensity of flavours…The oak is perfectly integrated and there’s a lovely round, supple texture in the mouth, giving superb structure and balance
- WineNZ magazine
100 best wines "Chewy, fleshy red with plum, dark berry chocolate/mocha and nutty oak flavours. Deliciously accessible red.”
- Bob Campbell MW - Taste magazine

2009

"Top Tip" “From an excellent vintage this is a bold and intense wine with aromas and flavours of dark plums, blackberries, cassis and blueberries. It has mealy style that makes it dense and long lasting.
- TizWine.com, 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