Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2017  £32.95

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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.

The wine has a vibrant ruby appearance. On the nose there is a selection of red fruit aromas (raspberry, pomegranate and cherry), as well as pepper and clove. Underpinning this are savoury notes reminiscent 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.

95 Points The Real Review

Rich and quite complex pinot noir with plum, wood smoke, liquorice, mixed spice and nutty oak flavours. Accessible now but with obvious cellaring potential, A robust and slightly rustic wine that's a pleasure to taste.

Bob Campbell MW

95 Points Oz Clarke - Threewinemen

Well, this is definitely not your average bright and breezy Pinot. It’s serious, almost solemn, meaty, scented with back shelf of the pantry kitchen spice, rich with dark dried fruits far removed from the brightness of day, savoury, dashed with raspberry vinegar, rubbed with wax.

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