The Vineyard and Vines

The grapes were grown on a series of north facing, gradually descending terraces in stony, freely draining soil. We especially ensured that there was good exposure to the fruit to ensure optimal ripening. This individual terroir is especially suited to semillon.

The Season

The growing season was influenced by La Nina weather conditions, resulting in a very mild spring, a warm summer with high sunshine hours and a long, lingering autumn. In spite of being dry we had infrequent, but well spaced showers keeping the vines very happy. We left the semillon and sauvignon blanc on the vines until late in the season when they had developed perfect noble botrytis.

Harvest and Winemaking

At 26 brix the fruit was perfectly ripe and clean before botrytis infection. There were three perfect infection periods that gave 100% botrytis all very evenly, this increased the brix to 50. We harvested all the fruit in one pick as it was perfect, beautifully raisined, nobly botrytic grapes to produce this wine. We obtained a small amount of very concentrated juice by pressing and this was put into selected French artisan oak barriques and allowed to undergo natural fermentation by the grapes’ indigenous yeasts. The wine was then matured in these barriques for four years before the best were carefully blended to make this wine.

The Wine

A warm golden hue reflects the ripeness of the semillon and the clean noble botrytis. The generous bouquet and flavour suggest peaches, apricots, comb honey, nougat, marzipan and toasted almonds. It is mouth filling and rich but at the same time has elegance and poise. There is a sinuous spine of acidity and minerality that draws out the length and provides a perfect balance to the wine's natural lusciousness.

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2014

Noble Sauvignon Blanc
19.5/20
“ … this is powerful and intense, with great depth.  Very sweet and full-bodied, the palate has extremely rich and succulently opulent flavours … the mouthfeel is fulsome and unctuous … This is a powerful and opulent Noble Sauvignon Blanc …”
- Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, NZ
97/100
“ … Layers of dried fruits, spice and exotic tropical fruit flavours add dimension and complexity.  A pure and powerful wine …”
- Bob Campbell MW. bobcampbell.nz, NZ
OUTSTANDING
“ … Concentration on the fore here, oily, rich and mouth-filling with powerfully intense flavours of spices and marmalade that linger endlessly … long and intense finish.  Compelling stuff”
- Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times, NZ
“ … lovely limey acid spine that keeps the palate fresh and juicy.  Great length
- Winestate magazine, AUS
94/100
“ … deep apricot and kumquat-marmalade core with long, stylish balance.”
- Nick Stock, jamessuckling.COM, USA

2011

Noble Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
94/100
“... very distinctive and packed with energy. On the palate - fantastic! Delicious, honeyed, oozing flavour and texture with huge sweetness equaled by acidity and richness”  .
- Cameron Douglas MS, camerondouglasms.blogspot.co.nz, NZ
19.5/20
“Deep golden yellow colour with orange hues and lighter green-gold tints on the edge.  The bouquet is full, bold and solidly concentrated with rich and ripe aromas … This is a very rich, complex-layered decadent dessert wine 
- Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, NZ
“...notable complexity on the nose and palate. …substantial body, with super-rich peach and apricot flavours, an oily texture and a lush, raisiny, superbly sustained finish.  A wine to ponder over.” 
- Winestate Magazine, AUS

2011

Noble Semillon
" . . . deep gold, very sturdy, Sauternes-style wine. Lush and very sweet, with notably concentrated, peachy, honeyed flavours, and hints of apricots and raisins, . . . . hard to resist.
- Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide, NZ

2010

"….offers a pretty straw to light golden colour and aromas of preserved lemons, musk and pineapple pastry with a touch of dried herbs. Fully sweet and luscious in the mouth, it has a lovely satiny texture and plenty of expressive, somewhat earthy flavours marked by crisp acid and finishing long. Drink this one now to 2019+.
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, USA
"Powerful, ripe citrus fruit, honey and nutty oak elements fill the palate providing great depth and texture."
- Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, NZ
"Densely packed, complex aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits … full-bodied and concentrated, this has layers of flavour that emerge in the glass. Powerful, ripe citrus fruit, honey and nutty oak elements fill the palate providing great depth and texture …. the wine finishing stylishly and with lingering waxy and nutty nuances … This is a concentrated Sauternes-style dessert wine with an array of flavours that will become more complex over the next 6- 8 years."
- Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide 2012, NZ
"Bright gold in colour, oozing toasted nuts, citrus, grapefruit and spices, with a hint of creamy caramel, intense, textural and complex.”
- Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, NZ
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Licence Holder:Donaldson Family Limited T/A:Pegasus Bay Winery.
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