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.”