2012 Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir Waipara Valley SKU #1208515


JS 96 BC 95 RC 94-95
WE 93 RP 92
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K&L Notes

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)

Staff Reviews

  • Jim Chanteloup
    By: Jim Chanteloup
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow, this is some delicious Pinot Noir and certainly one of their best in many years that brings balance, character and nuance with a nod to Burgundy. The bouquet soars with rose petal, cherry, raspberry, cinnamon, clove dried tangerine peel, earth and a bit of forest floor. On the palate there is a good acid line with fine tuned supple tannins to ensure secondary development with time in the cellar, even though it's darn tasty right now. Fermentation was done with indigenous yeast and spent 18 months in French oak barriques for maturation. Besides Central Otago being the new darling and Martinborough the early poster boy/girl for New Zealand Pinot Noir, Waipara/Canterbury has been bringing some serious game to the table. Don’t think about it, buy it.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    An exceptional release from this legendary Waipara Estate. I have enjoyed many wines from Peg Bay over the years but the 2012 is really something special. Whether it's the vine age (30+years) or the exceptionally long hang-time of the cool 2012 season, this wine just seems to have the perfect balance of physiologically ripe flavors, minerality structure and acidity. It has a complex, compact and detailed nose of forest berries and leaf litter, exotic dried spices, bay leaf, clove with more savory herbs like thyme and sage. On the palate the wine has great focus and linear energy. The fruit is juicy but fresh and lively. There is a real purity and vibrancy in the wine. The texture is very silky with compact layers of very fine tannins unfolding with air. The wine grows in the glass revealing more fruit weight and complexity as it goes. These is a lovely "woodsy" note here too of sandalwood or fleshly split cedar. Awesome wine that has the purity and intrigue that great Pinots possess. This is a must buy for Pinot lovers. The best I have seen from Pegasus Bay and worthy of its great reviews.
    Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2015


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