Pegasus Bay Chardonnay 2019 750ML

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Pegasus Bay Chardonnay 2019 750ML

"Bold toasty, woody, nutty and fruity bouquet with intense aromas of brazil nut and baked yellow peach, vanilla and baked custard, red apple and a creamy cheese note. On the palate - full-bodied, creamy and toasty, no mistaking the sweet vanilla oak moments, baked goods and yellow orchard fruit flavours. Medium acidity, fine wood tannins, gently salivating acidity and lengthy finish. Familiar and very easy to imbibe. A lovely drink now and through 2023" Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, Mar 2020

"Stunning and immensely complex, the wine shows ripe peach, grapefruit, vanilla oak, flint and oatmeal characters on the nose, leading to a wonderfully weighted palate that offers outstanding depth and richness, backed by silky texture and bright acidity, finishing impressively long and gloriously satisfying" Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Mar 2020

"Intense, richly-textured chardonnay with ripe peach, stone fruits, saline-mineral, struck flint, vanilla, brioche and nutty oak flavours. A generously-proportioned and complex chardonnay" Bob Campbell, Master of Wine, Real Review, Mar 2020

"Big charry and flinty nose. Great intensity and concentration. Complex and rich; long finish with grapefruit citrus Reductive. Carries over to palate. Too much. Mild yellow; developed; very sulfidic and smoky; oaky; developed; rich but a tad clumsy. Sulfides rule. Sulfitey and lean; exotic" The Six Nations Wine Challenge, Feb 2020

The vineyard is located within the Waipara Valley of North Canterbury, on free draining, north facing terraces. It benefits from being in the lee of the Teviotdale Range, giving maximum protection from the Pacific’s easterly breezes and thus creating a unique mesoclimate. The vines are over 30 years old, with a large proportion planted on their own roots. The soil is free draining and of low fertility, resulting in naturally reduced vine vigour. This produces low yields of optimally ripened, high quality, flavourful grapes, which fully express the qualities of this unique terroir. The vineyard has warm days, but the nights are amongst the coolest in the Waipara Valley, drawing out the ripening period of the grapes, while still retaining good natural acidity.

Settled weather during December provided optimal conditions for flowering. A very hot summer then enabled the grapes to ripen beautifully. Free draining stony soil helped mitigate the effects of some late summer rain, and the ensuing dry autumn meant the fruit was able to be picked in excellent condition.

ABV: 13.5%


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