2012 Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir Waipara Valley (Elsewhere $42)
A sense of real depth, soothing dark cherry notes, some forest floor and deeply knitted oak. The palate has noble tannins and the sort of structural complexity and completeness that is the envy of most other NZ Pinot Noir makers.
Full-flavoured Pinot Noir with plum, spice, glazed cherry, floral/violet and a hint of savoury and mineral character. Mouth-filling wine with obvious power and a lengthy finish. A consistently top wine that shows the benefit of vine age.
Dark, even ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, youthful in appearance. The bouquet is softly full and blossoming in ethereal volume, showing a core of concentrated ripe, dark red berry fruits along with unfolding layers of spices, dark herbs, red florals and savoury nutty oak. The aromatics are detailed and harmoniously interwoven. Medium-full bodied, rich and luscious flavours of savoury dark red berry fruits are melded with dried herbs, whole cluster stalky complexities, and spicy oak. The fruit extract lends a fulsome grainy-textured structure and depth that supports and balances the fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel has plenty of presence and is enlivened by fresh, underlying lacy acidity, carrying the wine to a long, concentrated and textured finish with lush fruit notes. This is a rich, lush and concentrated, well-structured Pinot Noir with an array of complex flavours. Match with lamb, beef and game meat dishes over the next 6-8+ years. Multi-clone blend from vines up to nearly 30 y.o., with a portion ungrafted, indigenous yeast fermented with many whole berries and 10% whole clusters to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 30% new French oak barriques.
***Editors' Choice*** Peg Bay is the flagship winery of Waipara, yet the wines remain realistically priced. Plum, cola and cherry notes are accompanied by strongly umami sensations akin to mushroom and roasted beef, giving this wine ample complexity. While the wine is concentrated, it has an airy, graceful feel to it. Drink 2016–2024. (JC)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale ruby-purple, the 2012 Pinot Noir has a stunning perfume of red roses and red cherries with hints of raspberry leaves, cinnamon stick and cloves. Beautifully elegant and ethereal on the palate with silky tannins framing the perfumed red berries, it finishes long. 92+ (LPB)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright, full red. Expressive, nuanced nose offers scents of red raspberry, strawberry, mocha, earth and sexy oak spices. Not fleshy but nicely delineated and vibrant, offering excellent lift to its red berry, spice and fresh herb flavors.
Zesty wild berry and black cherry flavors have plenty of spice, tea, toast and tobacco notes. Tannins firm up on the finish, which shows a touch of dried roses. Drink now through 2020. 1,900 cases made. (Web Only-2015) (MW)
One of my absolute favorite producers in NZ and a true stalwart in the majestic Waipara region. Pegasus Bay's wines are as delicious as they are unique; always stuffed full of charcter, flavor and authenticity; always crafted with food in mind. These shouldn't be missed. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)