5 Stars
94 Points
Value Pick
Weekly Special

Outstanding wine from an outstanding North Canterbury vintage. Quite possibly the best yet under this label!

  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Grape: 100% Pinot Noir

$52.99 $46.99 elsewhere $52.99

Regions : North Canterbury

Outstanding wine from an outstanding North Canterbury vintage. Quite possibly the best yet under this label!

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You could safely say that Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir is always a stand out wine but the recently released 2016 stands out even more than usual. It is an absolute stunner from a near perfect vintage in North Canterbury and quite possibly the best ever release under this label. 

This is not the Pegasus Bay's flagship Pinot Noir, but it sometimes beats its big brother and has been consistently good for many years. A much-lauded style with intensity and an array of plum, berry, oak, toasted nut, mineral and anise spice flavours. There's a delightfully rustic hint to the wine, perhaps from the fine, ripe tannins.

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 wine has a vibrant ruby appearance. The bouquet is packed with red and dark fruit, (raspberry, pomegranate and cherry), with hints of pepper and spice. Layered beneath there are also savoury notes that speak of grilled game and black olive tapenade. The palate is satisfyingly concentrated with fine grained tannins, however there is a refreshing minerality which ensures the wine remains tight and focused, with a lasting finish. A slightly reduced time in oak has resulted in a harmonious style, one that that is mouth-filling yet elegant."

5 Stars Yvonne Lorkin, May 2019 (2016 Vintage)
"As soon as this niceness from North Canterbury nibbles its way up your nostrils, you’ll need to grab hold of a piece of solid furniture to ensure you remain upright enough to put it in your mouth safely. The wobble factor is a result of the exotically perfumed aroma spectrum saturated with rosehip tea, red rose, charcuterie and wild red fruits like pomegranate, redcurrant and cherry. On the palate it’s slippery, silky and succulent to sip. There’s method in the 1/3 whole bunch ferment, extended cold-soak period, long, gentle, wild-yeast fermentation and an 18 month maturation in 40% new French oak barrels madness of this smorgasbord of clones from multiple sites. It’s headscratchingly delicious in every single way.  The fruit, the spices, the smoky oak, the powerful yet powdery tannins and the marathon-like length of flavour. Outstanding."

94/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, September 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Bold, strong perfume of dark berries, earthiness, truffle, cedar and clove. Big scent. Powerful style, concentrated, dark-fruited and herb-spiked, shows some light chew of tannins, brisk-crispness of acidity. It's a hefty pinot that finds balance in the middle of everything and has strong personality. It’s very good."

94/100 Nick Stock,, October 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Wild herbs and bracken with red fruit and darker, more earthy notes. Rose hips, black tea and plums. The palate has a dense, succulent and seamlessly polished, tightly wrapped feel. Long and taut. Needs time."

92/100 Rebecca Gibb, Decanter UK, June 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Pegasus Bay have implemented a policy of releasing their wines after they have had at least a year in bottle. Tasted pre-release, the oak on this youthful Pinot is prominent on the nose and front palate. Nevertheless, it's clear that this is an elegant, medium-weight style with a precise structure thanks to 40% whole-bunch fermentation. It has fine-grained tannins, pure fruit flavours and an English breakfast tea leaf character that lingers on the long finish"

92/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2016 Vintage)
"Made with 40% whole clusters, the 2016 Pinot Noir looks to be the finest regular Peg Bay Pinot in some time. Its spicy, stemmy, sappy notes are balanced by bright, fresh black cherry fruit. It's medium-bodied, with a silky feel and a lingering finish that echoes with attractive tea-like nuances. Drink 2018 – 2022."

Reviews for the 2015 vintage below…

5 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 Vintage)
"This is one of North Canterbury's greatest Pinot Noirs, typically very rich in body and flavour. Many of the vines are over 25 years old and the wine is matured for 18 to 22 months in French oak barriques (about 40 per cent new). The 2015 vintage is a classy young red, powerful and very youthful. Deep ruby, with a highly fragrant, savoury bouquet, it is sweet-fruited, with rich, plummy, spicy flavours, oak complexity, fine-grained tannins and a long future ahead. Best drinking 2020+."

5 Stars & 95/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, May 2018 (2015 Vintage)
"Intense, youthful pinot noir with floral, violet, plum, cherry, cocoa powder, spice and anise flavours. Dense yet elegant wine with power and a lingering finish. The wine really opened up in the glass and deserves to be aerated before serving. Good cellaring potential."

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