Pegasus Bay ~ Chardonnay 2013

Pegasus Bay ~ Chardonnay 2013
£24.50 / bottle£279.30 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: New Zealand
Wine Type: White Wines
Wine region: North Canterbury - Waipara
Wine style: Rich Creamy Whites
Grape variety: Chardonnay
Wine Type: Vegan Wine
Drink: Now to 2023
ABV: 14.5%

Tasting Notes

The story

Pegasus Bay is an old favourite of ours - we have stocked its Sauvignon-Semillon blend and its Pinot Noir since we set up. Family-owned and operated, it is considered to be one of the finest New Zealand wineries.

We were blown away when we first tasted this Chardonnay in May 2016; we weren't looking for a New Zealand Chardonnay but just had to include it in the portfolio.

The vines are c. 30 years old and of a low-yielding Chardonnay clone which leads to wines of character with good concentration and depth. It is made with Burgundian wine-making methods - grapes hand-picked and gently pressed, wine fermented and aged on the lees in large, mainly old oak barrels (so that the oak effect is subtle) and a spontaneous secondary fermentation before further ageing in bottle.

The wine

The resulting wine is Burgundian in style with citrus fruits and nuttiness but the fruit flavours (including lemons and nectarines)and the minerality are more pronounced. It is almost Chablis-esque in its crisp acidity and steely minerality albeit there is also a lovely non-Chablis butteriness. This is a very elegant and complex wine with a very long finish, the sign of a true quality wine - just as we expect from Pegasus Bay!

Update Sept 2018 - this wine is drinking exceptionally well at the moment. The dry minerality is more subdued and the wine very well rounded. Might well be one for the Christmas Dinner table. It's delicious!

You may also want to try Pegasus Bay's stylish Pinot Noir.

Food Pairing

This is a very food-friendly wine

Producer's Notes

"White peach, nectarine, yellow plum and citrus fruits are at the front of the ample flavour and bouquet but they are supported by a complex underlay of grilled nuts, sizzled butter and barbecued corn. Palate entry is deceptively light but the wine expands in the mouth to become rich and concentrated. There is a sinuous spine of minerality and acidity that keep it refined and help draw out the lingering aftertaste."


95 points     Bob Campbell, The Real Review     Dec 2015
"Rich, flavoursome Chardonnay with strong tree fruit, peach and apricot flavours together with an appealing biscuity, brioche and sizzled butter influence. Bold, powerful wine with a lingering finish. Accessible now but with the potential to develop well over the years."

19.5+/20     Raymond Chan     Oct 2015
"Bright, even yellow colour with lemon-gold hues and some depth. The nose is full, powerful and solidly packed with complex layers of ripe yellow stonefruit and citrus fruits melded with mealy and nutty notes, complex flinty and mineral elements and toasty, smoky oak. This is punchy and bold in expression. Full-bodied and with immense presence and power, the palate is deeply concentrated with flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits, citrus fruit, mealy and nutty layers, and complexing butter, toast and gunflinty detail. The wine is mouthfilling and the fruit supported by plenty of texture and structure. Soft acidity enhances the opulence and robustness of the wine, and the wine carries with strength and drive to a long, complete finish packed with mealy, nutty and smoky notes. This is a very powerful, flavour-packed, complex-layered Chardonnay to match with flavoursome pork and veal dishes over the next 5+ years."

90+ points     Dec 2015
"The 2013 Chardonnay has an intensely scented nose of lightly buttered toast, ginger and cashews over a core of warm apple slices, peach cobbler and cedar. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with baking spice laced apples and brioche flavors, finishing long and silken textured."

Winery of the Year 2013     Raymond Chan

We were blown away when we first tasted this Chardonnay; we weren't looking for a New Zealand Chardonnay but just had to include it in the portfolio. In an elegant buttery Burgundian style but with more pronounced fruit and minerality and an almost Chablis-esque acidity, this is a very elegant and complex wine

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