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Pegasus Bay

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Pegasus Bay

  • About

    Pegasus Bay was established by the Donaldson family, pioneers of the Canterbury wine industry. Professor Ivan Donaldson, a consultant neurologist, planted one of the region’s first vineyards in the mid 1970’s. Ivan quickly saw the huge potential for grape growing in the region and in 1985 established what is now Pegasus Bay’s home vineyard with his wife Christine and their four sons in the Waipara Valley of North Canterbury. Three of their four sons are now part of the business. Matthew, their eldest son is the Winemaker. Their youngest son Paul is General Manager while another son Edward is Marketing Manager. Along with his wife Belinda, Edward also runs the highly acclaimed winery restaurant which has been named New Zealand's top winery restaurant for 5 consecutive years in the Cuisine Magazine NZ Restaurant of the Year Awards. The estate’s primary focus is Pinot Noir and Riesling. The home vineyard was planted on the north facing terraces of the Waipara Valley on free draining river gravels. The site is ultra low yielding and produces fruit of rare concentration. Structure and texture are hallmarks of the estate’s highly individual wines. The home vineyard is now 30 years old and the fruit is exclusively sourced from here.Visit the Pegasus Bay website.



    Main Divide is the local name for the mighty range of Southern Alps which form the backbone of Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island of New Zealand). Their aim is to produce wines which reflect the unspoilt freshness, purity, vigour and cool climate of the south, while retaining in each its individual regional and varietal character. A handful of selected South Island vineyards have been chosen because of their unique situations or terroir and the quality of their grapes. Thier intention is to work with the growers of these vineyards throughout the season to obtain quality fruit, all of which is then hand-crafted into wine by the Donaldson Family at their Waipara winery.

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Wines from this producer

  • Taste
    Aromas of lemon, lime, peach & nectarine with hints of orange. Rich & big boned hold a back bone of minerality & crisp acidity. Cellar 5+ years
    Eat
    Asian style salads
    Why
    From one of North Canterbury's finest producers
    Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Riesling Canterbury New Zealand Wine

    2014 Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Riesling Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Vibrant bouquet, passionfruit, rock melon, limes, gooseberries & crushed thyme meet savoury complexity. Fresh, crisp & lively
    Eat
    Asparagus & smoked salmon
    Why
    Generous richness and wonderfully textural
    Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon Canterbury New Zealand Wine

    2013 Pegasus Bay White Blend Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Dessert Wine - Peach & nectarine, limes, mandarins, cantaloupe melons, root ginger & honeycomb. Lively core, crisp acidity & lusciousness. 750ml
    Eat
    Lemon possett
    Why
    The North Canterbury Riesling specialists
    Pegasus Bay Late Picked Aria Riesling New Zealand Wine

    2014 Pegasus Bay Late Picked Aria Riesling Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Dessert Wine - Warm & golden. Ripe sémillon, clean noble botrytis. Generous bouquet of peaches, apricots, comb honey, nougat, marzipan & toasted almonds. 375ml
    Eat
    Sticky date pudding
    Why
    Natural lusciousness
    Pegasus Bay Finale Semillon New Zealand Wine

    2011 Pegasus Bay Finale Sémillon Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Bright lemon, peaches, nectarines, apricots & guavas. Concentrated yet powerful with a spine of tingling acidity
    Eat
    Spicy foods
    Why
    Elegant & moorish
    Pegasus Bay Riesling Canterbury New Zealand Wine

    2013 Pegasus Bay Riesling Canterbury

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