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Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon 2018

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A traditional white Bordeaux blend from New Zealand, Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon 2018 is both rich and zesty, a complex, dry white wine that will continue to develop for a number of years – and is drinking beautifully now

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Wine Style

White Wine, Aromatic White

Grape Variety

Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon

Wine Region

North Canterbury


New Zealand






No, Screwcap


Vegan, Certified Sustainable



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Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon 2018 is an excellent New Zealand-originated, Bordeaux-style Sauvignon Blanc, which means that it is paired with a little Sémillon in order to rein in the Sauvignon a little. The Sauvignon Blanc is still very evident but the Sémillon does its constraint job and more. Semillon takes well to oak, helping the wine develop body, colour, richness and character. Do not fear, the resulting blend should not be considered over-oaky in style – barrels used are old oak rather than new so the effect is more subtle and of course an elegant style is expected from Pegasus Bay which it is considered to be one of the finest New Zealand wineries. Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon 2018 is a sophisticated dry wine, drinking well now but it will keep a while – it is displaying refreshing acidity and complex flavours – fruit including grapefruit and greengages, minerality and floral notes. This wine is developing in complexity, body and texture as expected – and has a lovely long finish.


Pegasus Bay is one of my favourite New Zealand wineries. Fitting very much with the Wines With Attitude’s® ethos, it is family-run, its wines made with estate grown fruit from their own vineyard, the aim being to grow “grapes of the highest quality which fully express the features of the vineyard and to handle these with the utmost respect”. They prefer minimal intervention and believe in traditional sustainable viticultural management, low crop levels, minimal handling of fruit during processing and natural methods to counteract pest and diseases rather than the application of pesticides and herbicides. This approach and the sheltered position of the vineyard in the Waipara Valley on the South Island of New Zealand promote intense flavour development and optimal ripeness, while retaining good natural acidity, just what is needed for fabulous wine.


You might also want to try Pegasus Bay’s stylish Pinot Noir. And we have the 2019 vintage of this Sauvignon Semillon in stock too.

How to Enjoy

Recommended with fish, shellfish, chicken, pork and roast ham. It will stand up to richer dishes better than some other white wines.


Serve at: 10°C

Producer's Notes

It is pale lemon in colour, with intriguing aromas of passionfruit, melon, orange peel and citrus blossom, coupled with a flinty minerality. There is also a hint of struck match complexity arising from the cloudy, unclarified, natural juice that was used in the fermentation. The Semillon component helps fill out the palate, adding fruit weight, richness, and age-ability, while also acting to restrain the exuberance of the Sauvignon Blanc. Lees contact has added texture and body, yet the wine remains focussed, with a crisp refreshing acidity that emphasises its mineral notes.”


96 points     Sam Kim
“Wonderfully complex and engaging … It’s richly textured with firm acidity, making it structured and immensely long on the finish.”


95 points     Cameron Douglas MS
 “Totally captivating bouquet … A totally delicious wine – I wish more people could discover this fantastic example.”


94 points     Decanter
“ … Harmonious and complete … dynamic citrus and stone fruit flavours. Delicious, balanced and well made.”


18.5 points     Drinksbiz Magazine
“This is a new vintage of one of the country’s best dry whites from North Canterbury’s Pegasus Bay Winery … Drinks deliciously well now and can age for at least a decade …”


17.5 points     Stephen Wong MW
“… This is always a consistent wine and it ages very well – easily a decade, often more …”


17 points
… young but likely to gain in complexity thanks to the balance that is already obvious. Crisp but deep.”


Michael Cooper Listener magazine
” … The distinctive North Canterbury wine has loads of personality … and a tightly structured, lasting finish.”

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