‘Pegasus Bay’ was established by the Donaldson family who are known as pioneers of the Canterbury wine industry. Professor Ivan Donaldson, a consultant neurologist, planted one of the region’s first vineyards in the mid 1970’s and we fear the industry in New Zealand might have been if he had not. Ivan quickly saw the huge potential for grape growing in the region and in 1985 established what is now Pegasus Bay’s home vineyard with his wife Christine and their four sons in the Waipara Valley of North Canterbury. Three of their four sons are now part of the business.
The home vineyard was planted on the north facing terraces of the Waipara Valley on free draining river gravels. The site is ultra low yielding and for this reason produces high quality flavourful grapes of rare concentration, which in turn means all the wines express a real sense of place in this unique and wonderful setting. Structure and texture are hallmarks of the estate’s highly individual wines. The home vineyard is now 30 years old and the fruit is exclusively sourced from here. ‘Pegasus Bay’ also manage and produce ‘Main Divide’ wines.
‘Pegasus Bay’s’ main portfolio of wines are Riesling, boasting three different styles. Their estate Riesling is concentrated with an abundance of apple and apricot flavours. The ‘Bel Canto Riesling’ is a staff favourite boasting zest, peach and ginger flavours with a full and rich body. Their ‘Aria Riesling’ is a sweeter style with heavy botrytis influence. Other wines in the range are ‘Sauvignon Semillon’ and a Sweet ‘Finale Semillon’.
To find out more about Pegasus Bay and their wines you can visit their website here.