Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir, Waipara 2019
Upon pouring there's a lovely, vibrant, ruby-red hue in the glass, with aromas of red cherry, raspberry and a hint of wood-smoke and spice.
The palate is concentrated at this youthful stage, yet elegant with red fruit and a hint of dark currant initially, which slowly ebbs away to reveal a layered palate with a delicately spiced, herbaceous, earthy undertone with a hint of leather and savouriness.
18 months spent resting in fine French oak barrels has added a light warmth and hint of spice to the finish, which is precise and fresh, with velvety tannins and a gentle grip.
The expert blending of many individually fermented parcels has resulted in a remarkably complex wine, even in its relative youth, one to be savoured with every sip.
Past vintages have time and again shown that evolution in the bottle is guaranteed over a decade from harvest, and it would be a real treat to hide away a bottle or two for future enjoyment. But if that sounds like a little too far off, you needn't worry, with a hour in the decanter the 2019 is absolutely delicious as it is.
“ … Complex pinot noir … Dark berry, cassis, violet, mixed spice, new leather and spicy oak flavours supported by firm, ripe tannins.”
Bob Campbell MW 95pts.