Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2008
"The flight of Pegasus Bay Pinot Noirs continues to illustrate their burgundy influence, the reds often reminiscent of Morey-saint-Denis".
On release the wine has a bright, ruby colour and shows a complex intertwining of fruity and savoury aromas and flavours. Wild cherry, raspberries and mulberries mingle with impressions of roast game, grilled mushroom, black olives and liquorice. It seems to expand in the mouth and, after swallowing, its initial seductive fruitiness leads on to a backbone of ripe tannins which give it structure, depth and length. There is a lingering impression of dark chocolate in the aftertaste. The wine will benefit from careful cellaring which should bring out many other nuances.
The Donaldson Family have been seriously involved in viticulture and winemaking for over 40 years. Founder Ivan Donaldson planted the first Canterbury vineyard in 1976 and went on to establish Pegasus Bay in 1986 with his wife Christine. It is a true family business with all four of their sons and two spouses involved, managing various aspects.
With minimal intervention at all stages from vine to bottle. They believe in traditional sustainable viticultural management, low crop levels, minimal handling of fruit during processing and gentle pressing. They allow wines to go through natural malolactic fermentation and clarification by settling. Ultimately aspiring to capture the unique flavours of the vineyard in the wine.
Pegasus Bay wines are made with estate grown fruit from their Waipara Valley vineyard.