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PEGASUS BAY MAESTRO MERLOT / CABERNET SAUVIGNON / MALBEC 2016

5 Stars
95 Points
Excellent Cameron Douglas MS
5 Stars Michael Cooper
5 Stars Sam Kim

“One of the South Island’s greatest ‘Bordeaux-style’ reds.”

5 Stars Michael Cooper

  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Grape: 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec

$49.99 elsewhere $57.99

Regions : North Canterbury

“One of the South Island’s greatest ‘Bordeaux-style’ reds.”

5 Stars Michael Cooper

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This is a wine of depth and character with layers of flavours and will rank as one of Pegasus Bay’s great Maestro releases.


Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
“Maestro is part of our reserve series and represents the very best of our Bordeaux fruit. As with all our reserves, this celebrated claret style wine is only made in exceptional years. After being picked in April, the grapes began fermentation naturally in stainless steel tanks. During this process the juice was regularly drained and sprayed back over the cap of floating grape skins (rather than plunging), to ensure a perfect tannin balance was extracted from the fruit. The wine was then gently pressed off and put into French oak barriques (50% new). The following summer, when the weather warmed, it underwent a natural malo-lactic (secondary) fermentation. After maturing in oak for 2 years, a selection from the best barrels was carefully blended to produce the most balanced yet complex wine possible. The finished product is a blend of approximately 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet, and 20% Malbec.

It is dark purple and inky in appearance. Stacked in layers are a plethora of both dark fruit and savoury aromas. Blackcurrent, dark plum and cassis are straddled with earthy notes of mushroom, leather, black olive and woodsmoke. Plump and succulent in the mouth, yet with satisfying concentration and ripe tannins that add structure and complexity. Bound together with a core of refreshing acidity that balances the wine perfectly and prolongs its finish. While ready to drink on release, this wine will reward careful cellaring for many years to come. ”


Rated Excellent & 95/100 Cameron Douglas MS, July 2020 (2016 Vintage)
“Powerful bouquet, smoky, intense, a core of fruit with black currant then blackberry and plum, crushed clove, twigs and earth. There’s an abstract package of aromas too with a touch of soy and boot polish. On the palate, full-bodied and equally intense – smoky, almost charry with a treacle-like fruit & oak sweetness. Flavours of blackcurrant and blackberry at the core of the wine are contrasted by bold tannins and medium acidity extending the length and finish. A delicious meaty wine with muscle, power, flavour and finish. Love it! Best drinking from today through 2026+.”


5 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
“The 2016 vintage is a Waipara, North Canterbury blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, from vines over 30 years old. Barrel-aged for two years (60 per cent new), it is a powerful, dense, youthful red, set for a very long life. Dark and still purple-flushed, it has rich, harmonious plum, blackcurrant, herb and spice flavours, fine-grained tannins and an enticingly fragrant bouquet. One of the South Island’s greatest ‘Bordeaux-style’ reds, it should flourish for a decade.”


5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, September 2020 (2016 Vintage)
“It’s superbly fruited and hugely appealing, showing blackcurrant, mulberry, cured meat and vanillin oak characters with a hint of tobacco complexity. It’s wonderfully concentrated and richly expressed on the palate, offering terrific fruit power combined with refined mouthfeel, finishing persistent and delectably enticing. A blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and malbec. At its best: now to 2030.”


94/100 James Suckling (2016 Vintage)
“Dark chocolate and rich dark plums with blackberries and very integrated oak spice. Super fine tannins deliver a ball of spiced, dark-chocolate-coated black cherries and plum liqueur. A blend of malbec, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc.”

We provide a door to door delivery service nationwide. Delivery charges are calculated on a 12 bottle case or part there of.

Delivery charges are calculated during the checkout process. Please ensure you choose the correct delivery region. We will advise you if you have chosen the incorrect delivery region.

You may also choose to 'pick up' your order from our wine shop at 188 Durham Street South, Christchurch.

For further details on prices and delivery options please go to the Delivery & Returns section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that it may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on (03) 3655134.

Note, for orders of 1 - 2 bottles we charge an additional $3 for packaging. To ensure the safety of the bottles we use specially designed posting boxes.

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