Waipara can be as great as anywhere in NZ· Written Wine Reviews
Oct 30th, 2010 | By Jayson Bryant | Category: Written Wine Reviews
Part of the Family of 12, making wine since the 1970′s, and named after the bay in which their vineyards lie, Pegasus Bay have established themselves as Waipara’s premium winery. Waipara is about 45 minutes north of Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island.
The soil structure is gravely deposits on flats and terraces in the central and west of the valley, limestone derived clays on hillsides and valley floor to the eastern side and gravely loams over alluvial subsoil in the southern part of the region making it an ideal viticultural area and should have its own Appellation to protect it from misuse.
Now with about 1200 hectares under vine it has begun to challenge Central Otago for Pinot Noir and Hawke’s Bay for Chardonnay, but it’s real string in the bow is that of Riesling, although I am far more interested in the regions Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Wine Review: Pegasus Bay Chardonnay 2008.
A deep golden straw colour that belies such a youthful wine. The air is filled with expressive aromas of lively grapefruit and lemon zest with a subtle hint chalky creaminess. The palate is full and reminds me of baked apple and lemon pie that finishes off with me sucking on a lemon riverstone that lingers for a good 45 seconds.
This is serious Chardonnay from Waipara that would challenge many French wines and certainly rival many from Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand’s unofficial home of Chardonnay!