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Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2020

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Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir is produced in North Canterbury, New Zealand with traditional Burgundian winemaking methods, producing a complex, smooth wine with smoky dark fruit, red fruit and earth forest floor notes on a lovely long finish.

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Wine Style

Red Wine, Smooth Elegant Red

Grape Variety

Pinot Noir

Wine Region

North Canterbury


New Zealand






No, Screwcap


Vegan, Certified Sustainable



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Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2020 has a lot going for it – an excellent vintage, an amazing vineyard position, old vines and  award-winning wine producers using classic Burgundian wine-making techniques, all of which combine to produce this complex, smooth Pinot Noir. Ripe fruits did not prevent the signature elegance or vibrant freshness of this wine. In terms of flavours, it’s hard to know where to start as the wine is so complex. On the nose there’s a smoky fruit vibe of dark cherry and mulberries with earth forest floor aromas so reminiscent of Burgundian Pinot. On the palate red fruits and spices also come into play and the refreshing acidity leaves the mouth watering. Tannins are there but soft and integrated; this wine seems older than it is and is definitely a “contemplation wine”.


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 have other Pegasus Bay wines in the Wines With Attitude portfolio including their lovely dry Bel Canto Riesling.

How to enjoy this wine

This is a wine to pour and savour or, if you want to add food into the mix, drink with chicken, duck, goose, pigeon, liver, beef steak, venison, spicy dishes, mushrooms, cherries and figs.


Serve at: 14 – 17°C

Producer's Notes

“Upon release the wine has a bright ruby hue. The nose is layered and complex, with earthy notes of undergrowth, woodsmoke, truffle and pot pourri juxtaposed against dark cherry, cranberry, crushed lavender, and hints of clove. In the mouth the wine is generously proportioned, polished tannins and a seam of refreshing acidity tap dancing cheekily across on a broad silky palate. Fresh and vibrant yet concentrated, with a structured frame. The finish is spicy, decadent, and sustained, leaving lingering impressions of velvety depth.”


18.5+/20 – Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
“…This is a rich, dark-toned Pinot Noir packed with earth, savoury elements, and a silky, fragranced palate.”


95/100 –
“ … deliciously savoury … There is concentration in the mid-palate that pushes the palate through to a generous finish. Deep and complex.”


95/100 –
“ Superbly complex … Silky-smooth and multi-layered with loads of delectable flavours.


94/100 – Bob Campbell MW
““Rich, mouth-filling red … Complex, generously proportioned and slightly rustic wine that is certainly approachable now but should mellow nicely with bottle age.”

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