PEGASUS BAY MAESTRO MERLOT / CABERNET SAUVIGNON / MALBEC 2015

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PEGASUS BAY MAESTRO MERLOT / CABERNET SAUVIGNON / MALBEC 2015 is available to buy in increments of 1
Champion Bordeaux Red Blend - Vino Fino Wine Awards 2017
60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon & 10% Malbec
This is a wine of depth and character with layers of flavours and will rank as one of Pegasus Bay's great Maestro releases. 
This label has almost legendary status amongst those who know and follow it. A Merlot (60%) Cabernet Sauvignon (30%) Malbec (10%) blend aged in French oak for 2 years, from some of Pegasus Bay's oldest vines. Only released in the very best vintages, this is the first since 2009. We think the wait is worth it, as this is quite an amazing wine. A preview tasting a few months ago got us very, very excited. A real "Wow!" wine. Known for its longevity, this will reward those with the patience to cellar but such is its balance, it is absolutely delicious now.  
Winery notes (2015 Vintage)
"Maestro is part of our reserve series and represents the very best of our Bordeaux fruit, coming from some of the oldest plantings in the vineyard. As with all our reserves, this celebrated claret style wine is only made in exceptional years, the last being 2009.

After being picked in May, the grapes began fermentation naturally in stainless steel tanks. During this process the juice was regularly drained and sprayed back over the cap of floating grape skins (rather than plunging), to ensure a perfect tannin balance was extracted from the fruit. The wine was then gently pressed off and put into French oak barriques (50% new). The following summer, when the weather warmed, it underwent a natural malo-lactic (secondary) fermentation. After maturing in oak for 2 years, the various batches were then carefully blended in varying portions to produce the most complex and balanced wine possible.

The wine has a dense inky appearance, suggesting concentration and weight. The aroma is bursting with dark fruit (blackberry, blackcurrant, plum), but underlying there are also hints of vanilla pod, cigar box, liquorice and black olive. The palate is mouth filling and rich, backed by a spine of muscular yet fine grained tannins, that draw out the wine’s length and will help it age gracefully. While ready to drink on release, it should develop a range of additional nuances as it matures in the bottle."
95/100 Cameron Douglas MS, April 2018 (2015 Vintage)
"Complex bouquet of dark red fruits led by Doris plum, blackberry and dark spiced chocolate. Toasty wood spices of clove and baked vanilla, a steely haunt adds complexity and depth. Dry with a contrasting core of red berry fruits, chocolate and wood spice. Firm to fine tannins and warming alcohol. Medium+ acidity and dark fruited core. Coming into balance slowly. Lengthy fine finish. Drink from late 2019 and through 2029."
93/100 James Suckling (2015 Vintage)
"This has an attractive melding of bright violet-like fragrance with rich, dark berry fruits. The merlot really has the upper hand: it's all regal tannins and pristine blueberry fruit flavours. A superb mid-weight, flavoursome red."
5 Stars & 19.0-/20 Raymond Chan, February 2018 (2015 Vintage)
"Full, very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued purple-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is bold and intensely concentrated with well=packed, bright and ripe fruit aromas of blackberries, boysenberries and plums. The fruit is vibrant and still quite primary in expression, unveiling subtle nuances of spice, dark herbs and cassis, with nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is up-front with rich and deeply penetrating flavours of ripe blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries and plums. The fruit is succulently sweet and opulent and is the feature on the palate, and is supported by fine, grainy tannin textures with balanced acidity. The wine carries to an elegant, sustained finish. This is a bold, fulsome, sweet and succulent Merlot blend with black berry and plum fruits and plenty of tannin structure. Match with roast lamb, beef and vensison over the next 8-9+ years. A blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet and 10% Malbec, from some of the oldest vines, over 3R y.o., ungrafted, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 2 years in 50% new French oak barriques."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 Vintage)
"The youthful 2015 vintage is a Waipara, North Canterbury blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, barrel-aged for two years (50 per cent new). Densely coloured, it is mouthfilling and vibrantly fruity, with very generous, berryish flavours, showing good but not great complexity, gentle tannins and a smooth finish. Worth cellaring."


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