Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir (2017)

For its top Waipara red, Pegasus Bay wants 'a heavenly voice, a shapely body and a velvety nose'. Based on the oldest vines, it is matured for 15 to 20 months in French oak barriques (50 per cent new). The deeply coloured 2016 vintage (5*) is mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, with vibrant cherry, plum and spice flavours, concentrated, savoury and supple, that build to a powerful finish. It needs time; open 2022+. The 2017 vintage (5*) is deeply coloured, with a highly fragrant, very savoury bouquet. A powerful, weighty red, it is notaby concentrated, with deep, vibrant plum and spice flavours, rich and complex, and finely balanced tannins. Still very youthful, it should be long-lived; open 2023+.

Details

Type: Red Wines
Variety: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2017
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $100 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

This wine is a Super Classic.

When to drink: 2023

Past Vintages:
Vintage: 2017; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 22 – 30
Vintage: 2016; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 22 – 30
Vintage: 2015; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 22 – 34
Vintage: 2014; Winemaker’s Rating: NM/7; When to Drink: NM – NM
Vintage: 2013; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 22 – 28
Vintage: 2012; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 28
Vintage: 2011; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 22 – 23
Vintage: 2010; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 25
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.

Reviewed March 2022

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