THE SEASON

The crop level of this variety was reduced by a spring frost but this was otherwise an ideal grape growing season with a warm summer and a long lingering dry autumn. 

THE VINEYARD AND VINES

The French clone of muscat (muscat à petits grains), from which this wine is made, was grown in stony, freely draining soil. This terrain accumulates the heat by day and then releases it during the night, aiding the ripening of this Rhône Valley varietal.

THE HARVEST AND WINEMAKING

The grapes were hand-picked and then crushed, only the free run juice being used to make this wine. It was fermented in old French oak puncheons and then matured in these on the wine’s natural yeast lees for a period of 8 months to add complexity and texture without oak flavour.

THE WINE

The aromas and flavours evoke ripe cantaloupe melon, citrus flowers, orange zest, cinnamon, crushed root ginger and sandalwood. These are supported by a hint of underlying savoury complexity. The wine expands on the palate to become mouth filling and unctuous but there is a seam minerality and crisp acidity to balance the off dry finish..

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2017

18.5+/20
“ … This is a rich and lush Muscat with a mouth-filling palate and a complex range of flavours.” 
- Candice Chow, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, NZ
94/100
Richly fruited and engaging … impressively long and delectable
- Sam Kim – Wine Writer, www.wineorbit.co.nz, NZ
94/100

“ … A delicious wine that coats the palate leaving lasting flavours

- Cameron Douglas MS, www.camdouglasms.com, NZ
The powerful 2017 vintage was estate-grown at Waipara and matured for six months in old oak puncheons … Already delicious” 
- Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz, NZ

2016

17.5/20
“ … ravishingly decadent, very richly textured and unafraid to harness sweetness for intensity … (an outstanding, superior example and worth seeking out)
- Stephen Wong MW

“… the lovely 2016 vintage is perfumed and mouthfilling …”

- Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz, NZ
92/100
“The ultimate aromatic grape variety … An impressive curiosity
- Bob Campbell MW, www.bobcampbell.nz, NZ
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Licence Holder:Donaldson Family Limited T/A:Pegasus Bay Winery.
Licence no:57/OFF/458/2019 Exp:16/03/2022