Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2016

Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2016
£30.50 / bottle£347.70 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: New Zealand
Grape variety: Pinot Noir
Wine region: North Canterbury
Wine Type: Red Wine
Wine style: Smooth Elegant Red
Wine Type: Vegan Wine
Drink: Now to 2026
ABV: 14.5%

Tasting Notes

Pegasus Bay is an award-winning, family-owned winery based on the South Island of New Zealand in Waipara Valley. The Donaldson family produce their Pinot Noir using classic Burgundian techniques resulting in a French style Burgundy but with New Zealand Pinot Noir depth and body, the best of both worlds. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate describes it as "often reminiscent of Morey-Saint-Denis".

Pegasus Bay summarises the vineyard and why it produces such high quality grapes: "Within the Waipara Valley Pegasus Bay vineyard gets maximum protection from the Pacific’s easterly breezes by being tucked up under the lee of the Teviotdale Range. Its sheltered position, but proximity to the sea, give it warm days, cool nights and a dry autumn, resulting in a very prolonged ripening period. This promotes intense flavour development and optimal ripeness, while retaining good natural acidity."

Pegasus Bay practises sustainable viticulture, using natural methods to counteract pest and diseases rather than applying pesticides and herbicides. 

I am rarely if ever disappointed in Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir and I think they get more and more elegant as the years pass by. This 2016 vintage is one of the most elegant yet and more Burgundian in style than some previous vintages; that is the aim. Read below what the wine critics have to say about this vintage.

I have some other Pegasus Bay wines in the Wines With Attitude ® portfolio - the amazing Chardonnay and the lovely dry Bel Canto Riesling.

Food Pairing

Recommended to eat with chicken, duck, goose, pigeon, liver, beef steak, venison, spicy dishes, mushrooms, cherries and figs.

Producer's Notes

"The wine has a vibrant ruby appearance. The bouquet is packed with red and dark fruit, (raspberry, pomegranate and cherry), with hints of pepper and spice. Layered beneath there are also savoury notes that speak of grilled game and black olive tapenade. The palate is satisfyingly concentrated with fine grained tannins, however there is a refreshing minerality which ensures the wine remains tight and focused, with a lasting finish. A slightly reduced time in oak has resulted in a harmonious style, one that that is mouth-filling yet elegant."


95 points
"…dark fruit richness as well as savoury undertones … awesome power and concentration … stylish and structured … expansive and velvety, finishing persistent and engaging."

94 points
"“Dense, seamless and flavoursome pinot noir … Distinctive wine which is an expression of variety, place and winemaking …”

92 points   Decanter

" … it’s clear that this is an elegant, medium weight style with a precise structure …”

92 Points
"Made with 40% whole clusters, the 2016 Pinot Noir looks to be the finest regular Peg Bay Pinot in some time. Its spicy, stemmy, sappy notes are balanced by bright, fresh black cherry fruit. It's medium-bodied, with a silky feel and a lingering finish that echoes with attractive tea-like nuances."

Once again another fabulous vintage of Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir combining New Zealand depth and body with Burgundian elegance; in fact I think it gets more elegant each year. And as always a rich texture and a mouth-watering, long, long finish

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