The 2019 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 (2019 Vintage)
"Unsettled weather over flowering resulted in a lighter than average set, meaning that no further fruit thinning was necessary. A classic North Canterbury summer then enabled this smaller crop to mature beautifully. Accelerated ripening allowed harvest to take place slightly earlier than usual, and favourable autumn weather ensured the grapes were picked in perfect condition.
The wine is lemon-straw in colour, with intense varietal aromas of lychee, quince, ginger, honeysuckle and spice. The palate is rich and unctuous, yet there remains a lively freshness and vibrancy. Pre-ferment skin contact has added structure and ripe phenolics, giving the wine satisfying length and balancing its off dry finish."
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, June 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Exotic, spicy and fruity bouquet with aromas of preserved tropical fruits, ginger spice, roses, pears and apple. On the palate – fresh, lively, exotic, spicy and totally captivating flavours that tease the senses. A very silky texture is contrasted by the acidity and phenolics then spice and honeysuckle. Balanced ad well made, a delight to taste. Best drinking from today and through 2022."
91/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Beautifully ripe and inviting, the wine shows golden peach, mango, lychee and rose petal aromas with a lovely flinty overtone. It's succulent and flavoursome on the palate, displaying subtle sweetness and rich texture, wonderfully structured by refreshing acidity. At its best: now to 2023."
90/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, June 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Rich, off-dry gewürztraminer with typical potpourri, Turkish Delight and lychee flavours. A nicely balanced wine, with a hint of initial sweetness balanced by gentle acidity to give a nearly dry finish."
Reviews for the 2018 vintage below…
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"This delicious wine from Pegasus Bay is an irresistible buy. Fermented in old oak puncheons, it is richly perfumed and full-bodied, with concentrated, peachy, spicy, slightly gingery flavours, an oily texture and a slightly sweet 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."