Established by the Donaldson family who were pioneers of the Canterbury wine industry. Pegasus Bay is an accredited member of the NZWG sustainable viticulture programme and firmly believe in the principles of using natural methods to counteract pests and diseases, rather than the application of unnecessary pesticides and herbicides.The primary focus is Pinot Noir and Riesling. Structure and texture are hallmarks of the estate’s highly individual wines.
Donaldson Family Pegasus Bay Riesling 2009
A cool summer followed by a lingering dry autumn and modest crop levels produced vibrant ripe fruit flavours with beautiful natural acidity. Fermentation was at a low temperature to ensure zesty varietal purity and freshness.
There is a spectrum of lively aromas and flavours suggesting lime, lemon and mandarin, intertwined with nectarine, lychee and guava. It is rich and concentrated in the mouth but a spine of crisp acidity and minerality keep it elegant and tight knit, while its off dry finish provides excellent balance. Tangy hints of ginger and spice draw out its length and linger on the palate well after swallowing. Although ready to drink on release, careful cellaring for five – 10 years should add a range of other fascinating nuances.