Selected for the 2019 Fine Wines of New Zealand List
Trophy for Champion Organic Red – New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards 2019
Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2019
Gold Medal – New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards 2019
Peregrine wines are named in honour of New Zealand’s endemic falcon (Karearea in Maori), a bird that combines both power and finesse, the essence of Peregrine’s range of wines. None more so than this impressive Pinot Noir which has gone through somewhat of a resurgence in recent vintages. This can be attributed to amongst other things, vine age, a switch to organic principles and clearly a greater understanding of site and winemaking, with judicious use of oak and considered whole bunch elements attributing to a Central Otago Pinot Noir of the highest quality.
Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"A bright, focussed Pinot Noir with red fruits, spice and pretty floral aromatics. Depth of fruit, brightness of acidity and fine tannin combine to give a lovely tension and texture to the wine. Purity, elegance combine with texture, concentration and length. A beautiful wine that reflects our commitment to organic wine growing on the three sub regions that contribute to our Pinot Noir.
25% whole bunch fermented with the remainder gently destemmed. Fermented in open top fermenters, and matured for 10 months in French oak barrels."
95/100 Cameron Douglas MS, January 2020 (2017 Vintage)
"Concentrated, focused and very appealing bouquet. Aromas and flavours of dark raspberry, black cherry and plum, a savoury core of dark baking spices – clove and vanilla – a toasty woodsy layer and a fresh youthful appeal. On the palate – delicious with a core of fruit cushioning firm youthful tannins and abundant acidity. Long finish with a core of Pinosity, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2025."
Reviews for the 2016 vintage below…
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"Outstanding in top seasons, this classic red is grown mostly in the Cromwell Basin, but also at Gibbston. The refined 2016 vintage is a very youthful blend of Bendigo (45 per cent), Pisa (47 per cent) and Gibbston (8 per cent) grapes. Barrel-aged for 10 months, it is deep ruby and attractively scented, with strong, vibrant cherry/plum flavours, oak complexity, impressive delicacy and a lasting finish. Best drinking 2020+."
95/100 IWSC 2019 (2016 Vintage)
"A purple-red heart fades to a mid-red rim. The lovely pure nose with rich strong herby fruit is backed by spicy oak. Elegant, refined palate, with spicy powdery tannins; this is followed by some wonderful developed characters. Rich with fruit, this still has a purity and a strong herby, fruit finish. A very serious style."
4 Stars Cuisine Pinot Noir Tasting, April 2019 (2016 Vintage)
"An impressive wine in a toasty style with black olive, dried plums and cinnamon. The mid palate is ripe with a good concentration of sweet fruit and long sinewy tannins."