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Pegasus Bay Pinot Noirtext

Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2011

Waipara Valley, South Island, New ZealandWhen you're in as fringe a wine growing region as New Zealand, vintage can make a big difference. La Nina visited in 2011, resulting in an extended and warm growing season, lingering far into autumn. Here, north of Christchurch, the Greystone limestone has proven an ideal base for the dozen clones of pinot noir planted, many reaching 2 decades or more, and own-rooted. Whole berry fermentation and extended skin contact has preserved the affluent perfume - alluring floral, dark violets on the nose. The palate continues the same, with spicy earthiness, black plums, dark cocoa and chalky grained tannins, lifted with a wave of spiking acidity and rush of minerality. A very exciting wine, and one that lingers on the palate for quite some time. Tasted: 06 January 2015Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 55.00 specialty listing - Empson Wines Producer: Donaldson Family Ltd.Distributors: Empson Wines Canada
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 607622