VERGENCE is when the pupils of the eyes look inwards and outwards, during focusing.  Wine made under this label will first and foremost be delicious, while also reflecting our commitment to constantly evolving our wine styles. Keeping an open mind is essential for progress and at times this this means looking outside the square, even when it’s untraditional, experimental or downright quirky.  One thing you can be sure of is that our Vergence wines have not been made looking straight ahead.


The Donaldson Family have been seriously involved in viticulture and winemaking for over 40 years.  Founder Ivan Donaldson planted the first Canterbury vineyard in 1976 and went on to establish Pegasus Bay in 1986 with his wife Christine.  It is a true family business, with all four of their sons and two spouses involved.


Our Vergence White is a non-traditional blend of several varieties in which we aim to make the most harmonious wine possible. As the varieties reach optimal drinking at different times, we have decided it would be most beneficial to create a series of non-vintage wines (or “marks”) that allows us to get the very best from each of the components that we are working with. The core of our Vergence White MK1 is ultra-ripe Semillon from Pegasus Bay’s 34 year old vines, aged in old oak puncheons for 18mths. The remainder is comprised of Muscat, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay, in varying proportions. Different fermentation and maturation techniques have been utilised to add balance and complexity, including skin contact and lees aging for some portions.

Intense citrus aromas of lemon peel and grapefruit soon give way to perfumed notes reminiscent of jasmine and orange blossom. The palate is unctuous and textured, with a pleasing richness that gives body and weight. Skin contact and ripe phenolics have added additional complexity to this wine, while a crisp and lively acidity ensures it remains well balanced and focused, with a lasting finish.

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MK 1

“A complex nose … Baking spice and dried herbs blend seamlessly and add very good depth. Layered and very long … ”
- James Suckling Wine Reviews,, USA
“ … lovely intensity and concentration unctuous and textural, flows smoothly with positive energy and drive …” 
- Candice Chow,, NZ
“ Vergence is a label for experimental wines that involve looking outside the square … A rich, textural white wine A satisfyingly complex and weighty wine"
- Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, AUS & NZ

“… concentrated, vigorous wine, poised and youthful, with strong, ripe, peachy, spicy flavours, showing excellent complexity.” 

- Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide, NZ
A complex bouquet Many flavours maketh this wine with a moreish core of fruit, wood spice and waxy citrus fruits finish” 
- Cameron Douglas MS,, NZ
Splendidly complex and engaging richly expressed with expansive mouthfeel superbly long and delectable ….”
- Sam Kim – Wine Writer,, NZ


“ Highly distinctive, … fragrant, complex bouquet, … concentrated, ripe, stonefruit flavours, hints of herbs, spices and nuts, and a lasting finish.”
- Michael Cooper, North & South magazine, NZ
“ … the bouquet is impressively complex and fragrant … concentrated and wonderfully weighted … rich texture, expansive mouthfeel … finishing long and attractively savoury”
- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit,, NZ
" ... rich, spicy, funky core and a long, lip-puckering finish”
- Yvonne Lorkin,, NZ
“ … A flavoursome dry white that’s richly-textured and quite complex … I like it”
- Bob Campbell MW,, NZ
“ … flinty complexity … a supple, complex riot of fruit and bold acidity …”
- Nick Stock,, USA
“… the palate is bold … complexityfinely balanced, silky …”
- Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times, NZ
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Licence Holder:Donaldson Family Limited T/A:Pegasus Bay Winery.
Licence no:57/OFF/458/2022 Exp:16/3/2025