THE SEASON.

Initial crop levels were somewhat higher than expected but judicious thinning of the fruit, a perfect summer and a warm dry autumn enabled the grapes to be harvested with excellent flavour development and physiological ripeness.

THE VINEYARD AND THE VINES.

The grapes were grown on well drained stony terraces in the Waipara Valley, using environmentally sustainable methods.

THE HARVEST AND WINEMAKING.

Harvest was deliberately delayed until the berries had developed a little botrytis. The cloudy juice was fermented in old oak barrels to bring out its complexity and mouth feel without altering its aroma and flavour. The naturally cool winter temperatures protected the vibrant varietal characters that make this wine so distinctive and special.

THE WINE.

On release it is a bright lemon/lime colour. The abundant aromas and flavours suggest ripe quinces, pawpaw, rose petal, Turkish musk, oriental spice and sherbet, underpinned with hints of sandalwood and honeysuckle. In the mouth, the wine is rich, big boned, unctuous and complex with an impression of freshly crushed ginger that complements the off dry finish.

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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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Off Licence.
Licence Holder:Dr I Donaldson T/A:Pegasus Bay Winery.
Licence no:057/OFF/001/2015 Exp:22/12/2017