Magnums are 1500mls and come in a wooden presentation box.
2016 was a great year for Chardonnay in Waipara and this release from Pegasus Bay reflects that beautifully. It shows lovely fruit character at the riper end of the spectrum layered with many levels of complexity and interest. Yes it also has a bit of 'funk' but this adds interest.
This is one of this country's consistently top Chardonnays and given a few years in bottle will become spectacular. Previous vintages have been very good and if you are lucky enough to dine at Pegasus Bay Restaurant you will find older vintages available, but we rate this as one of the best.
Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"Warm and settled weather during flowering led to a very large initial set. Fruit thinning was then undertaken to bring the crop back to the desired level. A perfect summer, followed by a warm dry autumn enabled the subsequent grapes to be harvested with excellent flavour development and physiological ripeness.
The colour is deep lemon/straw. On the nose there are aromas of citrus, as well as honeydew melon and some stone fruit (peach/nectarine). In addition there is a hint of struck match which adds refreshing flinty minerality. There are also some underlying savoury notes (toast and brioche) as a result of the secondary fermentation and lees contact in the barrel. The palate reveals some intense fruit concentration, however there is a nice spine of acidity to ensure the wine remains tight and focussed, with a lingering finish."
5 Stars & 95/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, June 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Fresh and flavoursome chardonnay with grapefruit marmalade, apricot, peach, brioche and flinty mineral flavours. Satisfyingly complex wine with a great texture and very lengthy finish. A bright, high energy wine that promises to develop well with bottle age."
94/100 Cameron Douglas MS, May 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Very attractive bouquet of Chardonnay with aromas and flavours of roasted cashew and brazil nut, baked yellow stone fruits and baking spices. Dry with a decent weighty structure, medium+ yet balanced alcohol, similar level of acidity and a wild honey and citrus layer. Quite complex with a lactic and wild honey bite, tasty and very moreish. Lengthy finish, balanced and well-made. Drinking well now and through 2024."
5 Stars & 19.0-/20 Raymond Chan, May 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth and lighter lemon hues on the rim. The nose is softly full with broad and voluminous aromas of ripe, savoury yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit along with complex nutty lees and oak notes. The aromas form a deep and densely packed core with a layer of mealy-nutty and flinty-mineral elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich heart of sweetly ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit entwined with a complex layer of nutty lees and oak with mealy elements. The fruit is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity which balances a rich, near unctuous core with barrel-ferment creaminess. The flavours are detailed and the wine possesses underlying power carrying the palate to a very long finish. This is a rich and luscious Chardonnay with stonefruit and citrus fruit complexed by mealy and nutty elements with excellent acid balance. Match with roasted and grilled seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4-5+ years. Fruit from ungrafted vines, over 30 y.o., hand-picked and 60-70% WBP, indigenous yeast fermented in puncheons to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months on lees in 30% new oak, undergoing MLF."
94/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, June 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Lavish sulphide, rubber and struck match, and while there’s intensity of fruit to cover, it remains a calling card of this wine. Some nutty edges, vanilla, intense acidity and length. Excellent, but you have to enjoy a walk on the wild side. And the coloured girls go…"
93/100 James Suckling, October 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Handy concentration and integration of some very complex traits into a chardonnay that has bright pear and peach aromas. Grilled-peach and lightly spiced hazelnut flavours hold through a long, smooth finish."