Spotlight on New Zealand: Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2005

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New Zealand is truly starting to discover regional expression with its Pinot Noirs. Pegasus Bay is a leading producer from Waipara (central east coast on the south island), near Christchurch, which was recently and sadly devastated by a major earthquake. This is a cool region, well suited to Pinot and Pegasus Bay does a very good job with it – though the 2005 vintage is not what you’d expect for a cool climate with low rainfall and light soils.

In fact, this wine is beautifully fruited on the darker side of the fruit spectrum, and has a richness that is both mysterious and balanced. Aromas of dark cherry and rich spice accent this beefy and slightly enigmatic wine.

The dark cherry, pomegranate, spice and oak flavours have integrated really well at this point in the wine’s development. This is a Pinot that is very complete on the palate and is rich without being overbearing. Great length. Ripe tannins but relatively firm structure. Dark and mysterious, this is both delicious and compelling and distinct amongst New World Pinot. This spotlight has started with some impressive tipples.

Excellent
$63 at Everything Wine

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