Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir “Prima Donna”
100% Pinot Noir. The wine has a vibrant ruby appearance. On the nose, there is a selection of red fruit aromas (raspberry, pomegranate, and cherry), as well as pepper and clove. Underpinning this are savory notes. The palate is satisfyingly concentrated with fine-grained tannins, and a refreshing minerality which ensures the wine remains tight and focused, with a lasting finish.
Cooler than average Spring temperatures led to a smaller set, resulting in excellent fruit concentration. A warm Summer and long lingering Autumn then followed, allowing this smaller crop to reach optimum ripeness. Prima Donna is made in only special years
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
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 & Scott Henry
Vine Age: 30+ years
Time of Harvest: April
Vine Yield: 1.8 tons per acre
Total Production: 5,183 bottles
Vinification Process: About 33% of the grapes are put at the bottom of the vats as whole bunches, with the balance being destemmed on top. During fermentation, the floating cap of grape skins is gently plunged twice daily. After fermentation, the grape remnants steep in the wine for a week.
Aging Process: The wine ages in French oak barriques (30% new) for 18 months.
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