The 2018 Main Divide Gewürztraminer is a bit of a hidden gem amongst the Pegasus Bay range. It's wonderfully fragrant with super ripe fruits, florals and spice while the palate delivers rich flavours and luscious texture. This would have to be one of the best value and truly satisfying Gewürztraminers on the market today.
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"The wine is lemon-straw in colour, with intense varietal aromas of lychee, quince, rose petal & oriental spice. Layered beneath there are also hints of white peach, nectarine and honey dew melon. The palate is rich and unctuous yet there remains a lively freshness. Pre-ferment skin contact has added structure and ripe phenolics, giving the wine satisfying length and balancing its off dry finish."
4 ½ Stars Yvonne Lorkin, July 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"This has got to be one of the best value gewürztraminers in the country. That Mat Donaldson and his team at Pegasus Bay are able to pack so many luxurious layers of flavour into one tiny bottle for twenty dollars (and often discounted to less) is absolutely beyond me. Heaving with lychee, ginger, roast stonefruit, buckets of spice, a tweak of tarragon and nicely balanced natural sweetness – it’s a joy to drink."
92/100 Cameron Douglas MS, May 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"Vibrant, varietal, fruity, spicy and distinctive bouquet. Flavours of white fleshed stone fruits, apple, fresh lychee fruit, aromatic herbs and some fine phenolic tension. Weighty, fleshy, nice acid line and a whisper of youthful spritz add length, depth and complexity. A delicious wine with flavour, length and appeal. Great with all sorts of food, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2022."
Reviews for the 2016 vintage below…
93/100 James Suckling (2016 Vintage)
"Slightly flinty reduction adds interest to this rich and candied tropical white. There is a super flinty struck-match finish."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"From a 'great' year for Gewürztraminer, the 2016 vintage is a weighty, fleshy, very harmonious wine. Matured for six months in old French oak puncheons, it has plenty of fresh, peachy, distinctly spicy flavour, a touch of complexity, and a slightly sweet (12 grams/litre of residual sugar), well-rounded finish. Drink now or cellar. (From Pegasus Bay.)"
4 Stars & 18.0/20 Raymond Chan, May 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"Bright, light golden-hued yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the edge. This has a full, firmly concentrated nose with deeply packed aromas of ripe tropical fruits and root ginger, entwined with savoury exotic floral elements, and nutty notes, unfolding musky nuances. The nose has depth and density. Medium-dry to taste and fullish-bodied, the palate is powerfully presented with deep and generously packed flavours of root ginger, savoury tropical fruits, exotic florals and musk, unveiling honied and nutty suggestions. The palate is moutjhfilling and shows some alcoholic heat and power, providing depth and drive. The wine has soft acidity lending a degree of unctuousness, and the wine flows along a rounded phenolic core that carries to a strong, lingering finish. This is a powerfully packed off-dry Gewurztraminer with flavours of root-ginger, savoury fruits and exotic florals, with a honied, musky layer on a palate with some alcohol power. Match with spicy Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3+ years. North Canterbury fruit with 10% botrytis, given overnight skin contact and fermented in seasoned puncheons to 14.0% alc. and 12 g/L RS."
Rated Very Good, Otago Daily Times, August 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"Fragrant and floral adding apricot kernel and ‘‘smokers’’ lollies to the typical rose and Turkish delight; warm baguette and a whisper of funk adding complexity. Intensely lush palate; fruit hinting at the tropical spectrum with roses. Lovely mouthfeel and interest leads to a finish of medium length with noticeable heat."