The season

This was one of our cooler summers, although by leaving the fruit on the vine until May we achieved excellent ripeness, clear varietal expression and good natural acidity. A modest crop level has contributed to good fruit concentration and body in the wine.

The vineyard and the vines

The vines are grown in stony, freely draining soil on north facing terraces. Being the most sheltered and warmest part of our vineyard they receive extra heat. Early in the summer we removed leaves from around the bunches in order to promote physiological ripening. Some of the blocks are almost 30 years old and are on their own roots.

The harvest and winemaking

We used the traditional methods that are employed to make Bordeaux’s celebrated red wine, Claret. After picking during May the grapes were fermented by their indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. During this process the juice was regularly drained from the tanks sprayed back over the surface of the cap of floating grape skins to keep it moist and healthy. After this primary fermentation was finished the tanks were sealed and the grape remnants were allowed to steep, or macerate in the newly formed wine for several weeks to help improve the wine's body and structure. The exact period of this process was determined by daily tasting. The wine was then drained off and put on to French oak barriques. In the summer after harvest it underwent natural spontaneous malolactic or secondary fermentation. It was in these barriques for two years. The various batches were then blended according to taste before bottling. This wine is predominantly merlot and cabernet sauvignon with a small amount of malbec and cabernet franc.

The wine

On release it has a bright ruby hue with abundant aromas and flavours suggesting purple plums, cassis and wild blackberries. These initial impressions of ripe fruit are supported by an underlay of tobacco, vanilla pod, chocolate mocha and spice. The wine enters the palate subtly but expands into a robust, muscular, satisfyingly dry finish.

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2012

"…This has an elegant bouquet with gently building aromas of black berry and dark red plum fruit infused with redcurrants, herbs cedar and pencil shavings oak. 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 of red berry and currenty fruit, herbs, cedary oak and musk. The flavours show good depth and the palate flows smoothly with satin-like tannins, and underlying acid vitality. The wine carries to a long, complex-flavoured finish with secondary dried herb, undergrowth and sweet, cedary oak notes….”
- Raymond Chan, www.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:Dr I Donaldson T/A:Pegasus Bay Winery.
Licence no:057/OFF/001/2015 Exp:22/12/2017