Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Gewürztraminer 2019

April 10, 2021By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Gewürztraminer 2019 $30 Smell that beeswax character? That’s coming directly from the high proportion of botrytis-infected fruit (the ‘noble’ rot) which adds sweetness and texture to the already ripe, lychee and ginger-soaked sensations present in the gewürztraminer grapes. Slick, smooth, slippery acidity and luscious length of flavour make this a classic. … Read More

Main Divide North Canterbury Rosé 2020

February 17, 2021By Yvonne

Main Divide North Canterbury Rosé 2020 $20.99 The label describes this wine as being crafted from the ‘free run juice from a unique assemblage of varieties’, which means that a little bit of the first juice to run out of the press (delicate, fruity, high quality) from different grapes when they’re harvested, have been used … Read More

Pegasus Bay Vergence White MK1 NV

October 5, 2020By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Vergence White MK1 NV $27 I love that on the back label they’ve stated “Wine made under this label will first and foremost be delicious…” and lo, it doth occurreth. This multi-vintage thing of beauty is mostly made of old vine Semillon, blended with Muscat, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay and it’s … Read More

Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Waipara Pinot Noir 2010

August 13, 2020By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Waipara Pinot Noir 2010 $120 Ivan Donaldson planted the first vineyard in Canterbury back in 1976, ten years later, together with his wife Christine, he established Pegasus Bay.  Today all four of their sons and two spouses are all involved in the business and it’s fair rocketing along.  Prima Donna is … Read More

Pegasus Bay Aged Release Waipara Pinot Noir 2010

August 12, 2020By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Aged Release Waipara Pinot Noir 2010 $65 Back in 2006 the Donaldson family of Pegasus Bay began witholding stock and stashing it away to sleep quietly for at least a decade before being released again to the public.  Now it’s time for those 2010’s to really show us what they’re made of. Their … Read More

Main Divide North Canterbury Gewürztraminer 2019

July 2, 2020By Yvonne

Main Divide North Canterbury Gewürztraminer 2019 $20.90 Paired with Sticky braised chicken with star anise, ginger and chilli in Issue 92 of dish Magazine The Main Divide North Canterbury Gewürztraminer 2019 ($20.90) is the knees of the bees with this spice-heavy, sticky-braised bird and you need to try it tout suite! Perfumed with lanolin, ginger, … Read More

Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Waipara Pinot Noir 2016

April 18, 2020By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Waipara Pinot Noir 2016 $100 Mat Donaldson only makes a Prima Donna when the fruit is absolutely exceptional, which is good from a ‘guarantee of quality’ perspective, but it really gets up the goats of those wine aficionados with OCD who want nice, consistent vintage dates in their cellar collections.  The … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2018

March 12, 2020By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2018 $44 The vines that pump out the fruit from which this chardonnay is crafted are over 30 years old.  Now that might not seem that old, but if you think about New Zealand’s modern wine industry really only kicking off in the late 1980’s, and even then, the nation … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Merlot Cabernet 2018

March 8, 2020By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Merlot Cabernet 2018 $33 Boasting more berries than a jam session at Strawberry Shortcake’s house, this feisty, fleshy blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon shows that the southern climes can indeed shine so far as the big reds are concerned.  Showing signature plum, pepper and cocoa characters of merlot, alongside bay … Read More

Pegasus Bay Aged Release Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2009

January 27, 2020By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Aged Release Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2009 $40 The clever kids at Pegasus Bay had the foresight to squirrel away a stash of their sought-after pinot noir a decade ago in order to show us what its really capable of.  I love the juicy cherry and redcurrant characters, the evolvement of the spices, … Read More