Pegasus Bay Virtuoso Chardonnay 6pk 2016

Pegasus Bay Virtuoso Chardonnay 6pk 2016

Pegasus Bay Virtuoso Chardonnay 6pk 2016
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Winery Details

    Pegasus Bay is a family-owned and run business within the Waipara Valley, led by patriarch and Neuroscientist Ivan Donaldson. Free draining and low fertility soils produce low yields of high quality, flavourful grapes, which fully express the qualities of Pegasus Bay’s unique setting. The range of wines is led by diverse and ageworthy styles of Pinot Noir and Riesling, with highly expressive Semillon, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon blends complementing the portfolio.

Press Review

    Pegasus Bay Virtuoso Chardonnay 6pk 2016

    Intense, rich and weighty chardonnay with peach, biscuit, hazelnut, struck flint and oak flavours. A generously proportioned wine that’s deliciously drinkable now but should develop well.

    Rating: 95 Points

    Source: Bob Campbell, MW (March 2019)


    Pegasus Bay Virtuoso Chardonnay 6pk 2016

    This is impressively complex on the nose showing grilled stone fruit, hazelnut, gun smoke, lemon peel and vanilla characters, leading to a sumptuous palate that is concentrated and weighty. The wine offers terrific fruit power as well as engaging savoury nuances, finishing gloriously long and gratifying.

    Rating: 95 Points

    Source: Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (February 2019) 


    Pegasus Bay Virtuoso Chardonnay 6pk 2016

    Some very rich aromas of ripe melon, spiced pears, grilled hazelnuts and spiced brulée custard. The palate shows the attractively bitter edge that praline delivers, together with plenty of concentrated peaches and grapefruit.

    Rating: 94 Points

    Source: Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com (October 2018)


    Pegasus Bay Virtuoso Chardonnay 6pk 2016

    The 2016 Virtuoso Chardonnay, God forbid, actually brought to mind a Meursault Village from Coche-Dury on the nose (yes, it is that good!). There is a touch of reduction here, but it is well managed and does not impede fruit expression. The lightly spiced palate is very well balanced, with a honeyed opening and touches of hazelnut, almond and sesame, leading to an intense finish that lingers in the mouth. Brilliant.

    Rating: 93 Points

    Source: Neal Martin, Vinous (November 2018) 


    Pegasus Bay Virtuoso Chardonnay 6pk 2016

    A four-puncheon selection, the 2016 Virtuoso Chardonnay ratchets up the intensity from the regular Chardonnay. Hints of struck match and toasted hazelnut join notes of pencil shavings and grilled stone fruit. It's medium to full-bodied but with extra levels of silkiness and length, with elegant citrus notes lingering for minutes.

    Rating: 92 Points

    Source: Joe Czerwinsky, Robert Parker Wine Advocate (March 2018)


    Pegasus Bay Virtuoso Chardonnay 6pk 2016

    Bold, complex and alluring bouquet with strong statements of oak, toasty wood spices, cashew and brazil nut, baked yellow stone fruits, burnt butter and heirloom grapefruit. Complex, youthful and rich. On the palate dry and packed with flavours suggested by the nose grapefruit, yellow stone-fruits, nut and a whisper of banana. Full-bodies, lengthy and persistent finish. Youthful with plenty of acidity and some wood tannins ....

    Rating: 18.5/20

    Source: Cameron Douglas MS (February 2019)


    Pegasus Bay Virtuoso Chardonnay 6pk 2016

    Very distinctive, youthful, very nutty, oaky and rich in aromas of toasty oak and smoky wood spices. Quince, peaches and preserved lemon fruits. Dry, firm, very youthful core yet intense and rich in flavour and potential. Very vibrant acidity, no mistaking some of those oak tannins adding loads of texture and richness. A powerful wine, very young and needing cellar time to knit together the flavours and textures.

    Source: Cameron Douglas MS, the Shout (November 2018)