Pegasus Bay Estate
Pegasus Bay is an entirely family-owned and operated enterprise run by the Donaldson family who have been seriously involved in wine since the early 1970s and who were pioneers of local grape growing and winemaking. The wines of Pegasus Bay continue to win respect from throughout the world with Neal Martin (eRobertParker.com) describing them as 'one of my vinous highlights during my tour of New Zealand'. He went on to say 'I frequently ended up in conversation with fellow writers about New Zealand wines and whenever their name cropped up there was always a consensus that this is one of the country's most exciting producers.' Well deserved praise indeed.
Vibrant ruby red in 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.
The supple richness of New Zealand Pinot Noir complements a range of savoury dishes. Try it alongside game birds such as quail, turkey, and duck, with a fillet of New Zealand salmon, or equally with pork, veal, lamb or venison.