Late in the season some botrytis began to develop in our chardonnay so we picked the clean fruit to make our dry, blue capsule wine and left the infected fruit to become fully noble and concentrated by raisining. Multiple passes were made by our pickers, each separated by five to six days, only the most perfectly shrivelled berries were taken each time.

The press could only yield a few drops of the concentrated juice from each berry and this was fermented in French oak barriques as far as it would go. The yeast, of course, couldn’t ferment such a concentrated juice to dryness so the wine has a lot of natural residual sweetness. The wine matured in these barriques for 18 months prior to bottling.

The wine is star bright with a golden hue. It has a generous bouquet in flavour reminiscent of ripe stone fruits, such as apricots and peaches, supported by impressions of honey, bees wax, vanilla pod and toasted nuts. It is rich, luscious and mouth-filling but remains tight-knit and focussed with a tingling spine of acidity which prevents it from being cloying. There is a long sensuous after-taste. It’s already to drink on release, however, with careful cellaring it should develop increasing complexities over the next five to six years and live over a decade.

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2017

Noble Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
94/100
“ … palate is lusciously flavored and has a super rich, long and scintillatingly luxuriant texture. A great sweet wine. World class!
- Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com, USA
96/100
“ … Super rich and opulent … lavishly expressed with a lengthy delicious finish …”
- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, wineorbit.co.nz, NZ
“ … it’s the most gum-numbingly gorgeous, luxuriously toffee-laced, manuka honey-drizzled, apricot jam-jammed thing I’ve tasted in a long, long time.  And it’s beyond perfect here.”
- Yvonne Lorkin, NZ Herald, NZ

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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