PEGASUS BAY CHARDONNAY 2016

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2016 was a great year for Chardonnay in Waipara and this new release from Pegasus Bay reflects that beautifully. It shows lovely fruit character at the riper end of the spectrum layered with many levels of complexity and interest. Another outstanding release.
Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"Warm and settled weather during flowering led to a very large initial set. Fruit thinning was then undertaken to bring the crop back to the desired level. A perfect summer, followed by a warm dry autumn enabled the subsequent grapes to be harvested with excellent flavour development and physiological ripeness.

The colour is deep lemon/straw. On the nose there are aromas of citrus, as well as honeydew melon and some stone fruit (peach/nectarine). In addition there is a hint of struck match which adds refreshing flinty minerality. There are also some underlying savoury notes (toast and brioche) as a result of the secondary fermentation and lees contact in the barrel. The palate reveals some intense fruit concentration, however there is a nice spine of acidity to ensure the wine remains tight and focussed, with a lingering finish."
Reviews for the 2015 vintage below...
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 Vintage)
"​Strapping yet delicate, richly flavoured yet subtle, this sophisticated North Canterbury wine is one of the country's best Chardonnays grown south of Marlborough. Muscular and taut, it typically offers a seamless array of fresh, crisp, citrusy, biscuity, complex flavours and great concentration and length. Estate-grown at Waipara, it is based on ungrafted, Mendoza-clone vines (about 30 years old) and given lengthy oak aging (the 2015 was fermented and lees-aged for 18 months in French oak puncheons, 30 per cent new.) The outstanding 2015 vintage is light lemon/green, with a fragrant, youthful bouquet. Weighty, sweet-fruited and smooth, it has very generous, peachy, mealy, slightly buttery and spicy flavours, and a long, dry, savoury, seamless finish. Drink now or cellar."
95/100 James Suckling (2015 Vintage)
"Very complex, very concentrated and very good. This has a big hit of grapefruit and lemon citrus. Quite pithy and flinty. The palate has layers and layers of fruit, delivering flavours that follow in the stone fruit and citrus threads seen on the nose. Spicy oak warms up through the finish."
94/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, November 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Plenty of struck match and smoky bacon bones, apricot, kumquat and limes, spicy oak, creme caramel and sizzled sage butter. Intense flavour, bright tang of acidity, mainly stonefruit but with a certain richness and weight, nutty and toasty, and distinctly savoury and mealy through the finish, but ripped with acidity, still. Quite a thing."
92/100 Cameron Douglas MS, June 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"A powerful bouquet led by aromas of oak with caramel and burnt butter, oak spices of vanilla and clove, a brazil nut toastiness then stone fruits of peach and nectarine, overall quite complex, but also quite loud. On the palate - quite intense, creamy, fruity and nutty, peach and nectarine flavours, loads of spicy butterscotch and raw brown sugar oak, fine oak tannins, medium+ acidity, full-bodied and quite 'full-on'. A powerhouse wine that will feed the enthusiasm of many chardonnay fans. Drink now and through 2025."
5 Stars & 18.5+/20 Raymond Chan, March 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Bright, light golden-green hued straw-yellow colour, paler on the rim. The nose is full and elegantly deep, possessing a complex amalgam of white and yellow stonefruit entwined with very fine nutty and toasty oak and subtle mineral detail and complexing suggestions of flinty and oxidative elements. The aromatics are detailed and very harmoniously integrated. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly concentrated with an intense heart with flavours of white and yellow stonefruits interwoven with nutty oak and creamy barrel-ferment elements, unfolding mineral and oxidative detail. The mouthfeel has fine textures guiding the fruit, and the acidity is refined and refreshingly crisp. The wine carries to a long, lingering finish of stonefruits and nuts. This is an intense and complex flavoured Chardonnay with stonefruits and nutty, oxidative flavours on a fine-textured, refreshing palate. Serve with roasted and grilled seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from the original ungrafted vines, 30 y.o., hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented in 30% new puncheons to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months on lees with 50% MLF."


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