‘Succeeds in taming it’ – for a moment my mind thought of the Pinot Noir I had in the glass and parallels started popping up. Proud over the fact I’d found a nice entry for a posting on the wine, I thought of the Pegasus again.
Is there any grape which generates such disappointments as Pinot Noir – or joy when it hits the spot? Probably not and that is why so many of us continue searching after Pinot kicks. We’ve tasted its true potential on some memorable occasions. I admire Pinot producers stubbornness. They know the odds when dealing with the grape but their love for the potential result drives them. Suddenly, one vintage, Pinot Noir might accept being tamed and everything is forgiven!
So, Mountford Estate is all about elegance. Pegasus Bay is just the same but combined with more stuffing to it. Both estates has one thing in common though; they’ve delivered excellent ’07’s!
2007 Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir:
Decanted and allowed to breathe for some hours. Quite dark for a Pinot. Seductive! The 18 months the wine spent on French barrique’s of which 40% were new, has added that extra dimension (dark chocolate, ground coffee) to the spicy, wild strawberries, cherries and floral scents. There’s a touch of smoked meat as well and humus which just makes this one of those wines you want to sniff the whole evening long! When closing in at six hours of aeration it becomes more floral with rose petals and the wild strawberries are of the mashed kind.
Packed with fruit and impeccably balanced acidity. This is just a gorgeous drink! Cherries, strawberries, toasted oak, humus and rose petals all wrapped up beautifully. Just as the color indicated the taste confirms a more concentrated style of Pinot although this will most likely not disappoint the Pinot cognoscente. Some tannins to give the necessary complement to the acidity and fruit and a further ageing. Long finish with a pure berry and humus feel to it.
I’m a sucker for kiwi Pinot. The producers are offering an impressive range of styles and many of them has clearly showed not only that they are close in ‘taming the grape’, but also that they deserve to be mentioned with the same respect as the reference frame that started it all – Burgundy.
Consumers frustration regarding horribly priced Burgundies not delivering nearby their pricetags can easily be solved if more would just turn to New Zealand Pinot instead. Just stick to Waipara if your palate is too French.
(2007 Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir, Waipara, 92-93 p. Ageing capability: a further 5 years from now. Your preference should determine when to pop.)