The 2016 Prima Donna will continue the successful lineage of this outstanding Pinot Noir from Pegasus Bay. Sourced from 30+ year old vines. Like the others in the reserve range, this is only made in the top years to produce a wine that they describe as having 'a heavenly voice, a shapely body and a velvety nose'.
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.
It is deep ruby in colour, with a complex and compelling bouquet full of pomegranate, cherry, vanilla, chocolate and spice. There is also a pleasing savouriness, offering up notes of game, mushroom and thyme. The palate is concentrated and rich, with fine grained tannins that add texture and weight. Complementing this is a core of refreshing minerality that gives the wine a lively tension, resulting in superb structure and length. While ready to drink on release it can be expected to cellar well and evolve gracefully for many years."
95/100 Cameron Douglas MS, May 2020 (2016 Vintage)
"Immediately varietal with plenty of primary red fruit aromas, medium to dark spices of toasty French barrel, brown spices and a sandy, chalky soil impression. Youthful, complex, layered. On the palate – dry, savoury, fruity and complex. Flavours of toasty wood and dark berries, dried herb and dark spices, earthy, complex and long Still primary, still developing complexities and harmony strings. A wine that’s still good to keep in the cellar. Decant for service or keep till early 2021 and taste again. In other words – this is a keeper – no rush."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"For its top Waipara red, Pegasus Bay wants ‘a heavenly voice, a shapely body and a velvety nose’. Based on the oldest vines, it is matured for 15 to 20 months in French oak barriques (50 per cent new). The deeply coloured 2016 vintage is mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, with vibrant cherry, plum and spice flavours, concentrated, savoury and supple, that build to a powerful finish. Still very youthful, it needs time; open 2022+."
5 Stars Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, May 2020 (2016 Vintage)
"The flagship pinot in a typically rich and generous style made using 30% whole-bunches during fermentation. It’s a dense, silken-textured wine, with mellow savouriness and flavours suggesting ripe plum, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, spice and anise. A complex and appealing red."
5 Stars & 97/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, September 2020 (2016 Vintage)
"Immensely complex and gratifying, the wine shows perfumed aromas of dark cherry, warm spice and earthy mushroom on the nose with nuances of game, vanilla and cedar. It’s impressively concentrated and persistent on the palate, displaying sumptuous mouthfeel and plush texture, while remaining classically structured and refined. At its best: now to 2030."
Reviews for the 2015 vintage below…
19/20 Joelle Thomson, Drinks Biz Magazine, June 2019 (2015 Vintage)
"North Canterbury Pinot Noir is often eclipsed by its southern neighbour Central Otago, but not in this case. This outstanding Pinot Noir from Pegasus Bay is one of the best Pinots made in New Zealand. Dry, full-bodied, silky and almost light in mouthfeel but with intensely concentrated savoury flavours and a long finish, thanks to its zesty acidity. A delicious drink now (decant first) or cellar for 10 years plus."
5 Stars Yvonne Lorkin, July 2019 (2015 Vintage)
"From the second the first whiff of cocoa-covered cherries, black tea, wild berries, truffle and spice assail your nostrils, you know there’s no escape from its clutches. It’s a dense, deliciously structured, statuesque example of what Waipara is capable of. So lush, plush and poised, it’s a pinot noir that unveils something new, something exotic, something incredibly sexy with every sip. Hints of black tea, chocolate and a lovely layer of earthiness to finish, makes this a pinot noir with a long life ahead of it. Stunning stuff."
94/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, June 2018 (2015 Vintage)
"Medium weight, concentrated yet elegant pinot noir, though you can’t help like the slightly wild edge playing here. Savoury notes, herbal, earth, undergrowth are all getting around the sour cherry-fruit profile. Tannins pull the wine up well, the frisky acidity a pool of Campari-like tang to close. Compelling."