Like all the other Main Divide wines, this over delivers on the flavour, quality and value fronts to offer excellent drinking at a fantastic price. Lusciously off dry with a richness, concentration of flavour, and complexity that could only come from Pegasus Bay. Aromas and flavours of ripe pear and spice, judicious residual sugar, added texture from barrel fermentation and lees aging, and a mineral freshness keeping it all in balance are rare attributes in a Pinot Gris at this price. Embrace and enjoy!
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 colour is deep lemon, with an inviting bouquet of ripe peach, nashi pear, and lemon curd, underlaid with mixed spice, honeysuckle, and a touch of flint. The mouthfeel is soft and rounded, supported by subtle sweetness and bright acidity that sets up for an impressively lengthy finish. Generous and flavourful yet delivered with finesse."
92/100 Cameron Douglas MS, January 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Ripe, fleshy, fruity and varietal bouquet. Flavours of spicy pear and peach, some lemon and tart apple. A touch of white pepper and ginger spice along with honeysuckle and quince bring depth and complexity. Acidity and alcohol bring contrast and texture to the core of fruit. Balanced and well made with a fresh youthful finish."
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Beautifully fruited and lifted, the bouquet shows summer peach, mango, poached pear and mixed spice aromas, leading to a succulent palate delivering excellent weight and roundness together with creamy mouthfeel. Style: Medium-dry. At its best: now to 2024."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2019 Vintage)
"From Pegasus Bay, this is a consistently good buy. Aiming for a "classic Alsatian style with a North Canterbury twist", the 2019 vintage was tank-fermented and briefly lees-aged. Bright, light lemon/green, it is mouthfilling, with fresh peach and passionfruit flavours, a hint of honey, gentle sweetness (15 grams/litre of residual sugar), moderate acidity, and lots of drink-young charm."