The Season

A mild spring was followed by a warm summer and a lingering, dry autumn. Occasional well spaced rain kept the vines happy. This enabled optimum ripeness to be obtained in the beautifully healthy fruit.

The Vineyard and vines

The grapes were grown on well drained stony soil in the Waipara Valley. The rows of vines are orientated in a north south direction to ensure good sunlight exposure on each side of the plant and to assist even ripening of the berries. A proportion of "hen and chicken" (a mixture of large and small berries on the same bunch) has added to the richness and concentration of the resulting wine.

The Harvest and winemaking

The grapes were picked at different times during autumn, the harvest in each block coinciding with optimal ripeness and flavour development. A proportion of the crop was left on the vine to develop noble botrytis. The juice was fermented at a cool temperature to help protect the vibrant varietal characters that make this wine so distinctive and special. This wine was matured in old large barrels to help emphasise its mouth feel without altering its aroma and flavour.

The Wine

The bright lemon colour of the youthful wine hints of its concentration and power. It is redolent with the scents of jasmine, mandevilla, and Turkish musk. These impressions are accentuated in the mouth where they expand to include guava, quince, pineapple and tropical spices. The wine is big boned, chunky and generous with lingering impressions of freshly cut root ginger that draw out the dry aftertaste.

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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