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Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir 2017 (750ml)

Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir 2017 (750ml)

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The 2017 Prima Donna Pinot Noir epitomizes what this bottling is all about: finesse, silkiness and harmony. Scents of cola, spice, black cherries and earth come together seamlessly on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is smooth and supple yet lively, bright and invigorating, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The Prima Donna is Pegasus Bay's top-flight Pinot Noir, and it isn't produced every year. If conditions permit, as they did in 2017, it’s a barrel selection from ungrafted vineyards, and the result is a dense, rich and full bodied expression. Within the supple, rounded edges, a powerful core has been tamed but not contained; the abundant yet resolved tannins provide the structure for the long term in partnership with the dense concentration of fruit. The combination of fresh acidity and the linear drive derived from one-third whole-bunch fermentation makes this wine unrelenting. Aromatically, it has plenty of layers to explore: floral and herbal characters, fruit cake, nutmeg, clove and wafts of smoke. The 2017 vintage might not go down in the history books as a great one in New Zealand, but this is an impressive wine with a promising future. Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous

Region: Waipara Valley, North Canterbury, New Zealand

Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir

Critic Rating: Robert Parker Wine Advocate 94 Points, Vinous 94 Points

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