Pegasus Bay Aged Release Prima Donna Waipara Pinot Noir 2009 $120

I think the ‘Aged Release’ program that the team at Pegasus Bay have created (in order for people to be able to enjoy what a perfectly cellared, 10yo wine tastes like) is a joyous thing for muppets like me who didn’t manage to get their hands on any of that wine at the time when it first came out.  It’s not that I didn’t want to, I was just too disorganised and a tiny bit too broke to make that happen before it all sold out.  The Prima Donna is their flagship pinot noir, only made in exceptional seasons when the angels smile upon the vines and glitter-dusted unicorns come out by the light of the full moon to canter between the rows, blessing the fruit with mysterious powers.  A decades evolution in the bottle has created a wine layered with red fruits, cherry, raspberry, redcurrant and a burst of baked strawberry.  The palate is supremely elegant, unveiling savoury tones, silky-smooth tannins and extensive length of flavour.  Stunning stuff indeed.