Selected for the Fine Wines of New Zealand List
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 (2019 Vintage)
"Dark cherry, wild berry and earthy aromatics laced with dried alpine herbs. A lovely concentrated palate of black cherry, raspberry and chocolate combine with spice and supple tannin which add flavour and texture to this balanced and layered wine.
Hand harvested from Bendigo (50%), Pisa (42%), Gibbston (8%) sub regions of Central Otago. A combination of whole bunch and destemmed fruit fermented and hand plunged in open top fermenters, and matured for 10 months in French oak barrels."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
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."
4 ½ Stars & Top 10, Cuisine Pinot Noir Tasting, April 2020 (2017Vintage)
"Blueberries and red fruits combined with floral potpourri spice are all woven into a potent perfume on the nose. A succulent, juicy yet mellow and refined palate combines with fine powdery tannins providing a decisive and decadent drinking experience."
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."