Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"The Donaldson Family traces its Kiwi roots back hundreds of years. In keeping with this we have chosen to give our reserve range of wines ancestral names. This TE HAU Pinot Noir is named after our grandfather Henry Te Hau Tapu Nui o Tu Donaldson.
The fruit was sourced from our own Main Divide Te Hau vineyard, planted in Abel clone. Traditional Burgundian winemaking methods were used to make this wine. Upon release it is bright ruby in colour, with vibrant red fruit aromas of raspberry, cherry and cranberry, laced with touches of mushroom, vanilla, cinnamon and thyme. The palate is soft and lush, with ripe velvety tannins, refreshing acidity and a prolonged finish. This wine is a classic expression of our Te Hau site, displaying a perfect balance of both fruit weight and savoury complexity."
Rated Excellent & 93/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2020 Vintage)
"An enticing bouquet with a savoury, fresh red berry and dried herb attack. Aromas of raspberry and dark red plum, some Keri berry, then scents of wood and spice. A core of dark red berries then savoury dried herb layers precede those of toasty barrel, vanilla and baking spices. Youthful, fresh and firm with an abundance of fine tannins and acidity delivering structure and carrying flavour."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2020 Vintage)
"Offering fine value, the youthful 2020 vintage was estate-grown and matured for a year in French oak barriques (30 per cent new). Deep ruby, it is mouthfilling, rich and supple. Already delicious, it has generous, vibrant plum, cherry and spice flavours, with nutty oak adding complexity, and a well-rounded finish. Best drinking 2023+. (From Pegasus Bay.)"
Reviews for the 2019 vintage below…
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Offering terrific fruit power and purity, the wine shows Black Doris plum, sweet cherry, olive, cedar and vanilla characters on the nose. It's concentrated and wonderfully flavoursome on the palate, delivering rich texture and sumptuous mouthfeel, leading to an impressively long delicious finish. At its best: now to 2026."
18.5/20 Joelle Thomson, May 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Te Hau Reserve Pinot Noir is named after Henry Te Hau Tapu Nui o Tu Donaldson, an ancestor of the Donaldson family who own Pegasus Bay Winery today. This wine and that region are consistent favourites of mine, due to the depth of flavour and robust structure, which comes from earthy flavours and smooth but noticeable tannins (not always a strong feature in Pinot Noir). These qualities come from windy springs (which reduces grape and bunch size), to hot summers (which aid ripening) and long autumns, which enhance ripeness. This reserve wine is not made every year but every time it is produced, the style and quality punch significantly above the price tag, which is relatively humble, given the great concentration of flavour, dry taste and full body in this wine."