Pegasus Bay Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay. The color is a deep lemon. On the nose, there are aromas of citrus, as well as honeydew melon and hints of peach/nectarine. There are also some underlying savory notes (toast and brioche) as a result of the secondary fermentation and lees contact in the barrel. The palate reveals intense fruit concentration, with a nice spine of acidity to keeping the wine tight and focused, with a lingering finish.
Our main variety of chardonnay, known locally as Mendoza, typically produces light crops of small berries and hence tends to make concentrated wines.
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Waipara Valley / North Canterbury
Vineyards: From estate-grown North Canterbury vineyards
Altitude: 60 meters above sea level
Soil: Stoney terrain
Vine Training: Vertical shoot position and own roots
Vine Age: 30+ years
Vine Yield: 1.2 tons per acre
Total Production: 12,892 bottles
Vinification Process: The grapes are gently pressed (60-70% whole bunch)and the nonclarified juice is put into large French oak barrels (70% old). The grapes ferment primarily by their indigenous yeasts.
Aging Process: The wine ages in the same barrels sur lie for about 12 months to bottling.
Alcohol Content: 13.50%
Winemaker: Matt Donaldson
Cellaring: 10+ years
|Dimensions||18.7 × 13.2 × 3.5 in|
|Bottles per Case||
750 ml: 6 bottles per case