Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon 2018 (750ml)

Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon 2018 (750ml)

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The pungent, sweaty 2018 Sauvignon Semillon makes quite an impression on the nose—and not entirely in a good way. Hints of honey and roasted nuts peek through, and the wine is more settled on the medium-bodied palate, sleek and streamlined, with ample citrus flavors and plenty of length. I find this bottling rather hit-and-miss, with some years being excellent and others (like this one) merely very good. Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

If a wine were a pop song, this would be “Uptown Funk” (I'm not ashamed to say I have been to a Bruno Mars concert). That's because this cuvée is always a bit kooky. Here, it presents a combination of struck match (which the winery attributes to skin contact) with ripe passion fruit, apricot and rose petals on the nose. Both partners in the blend (70% Sauvignon/30% Sémillon) bring zest and refreshment, and the Sémillon adds a touch of midpalate weight to the light-bodied style. The 2018 follows its predecessors in being as quirky as Bruno Mars' wardrobe choices, but then who needs another mainstream Sauvignon? Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous

Rich, gutsy and quite complex blended white that's gently aromatic with melon, passionfruit, lime and struck flint and fireworks reductive character. A combination of firm acidity and fine tannins give the wine backbone and a drying finish. Best with food. Should age well. Bob Campbell MW

Region: Waipara Valley, North Canterbury, New Zealand

Grape Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon

Critic Rating: Robert Parker Wine Advocate 87 Points, Vinous 91 Points, Bob Campbell 93 Points

Suggested Drink Window: 2021 - 2024