Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir

Structural confidence and fruit concentration meet poised control, grand endurance and profound persistence, confirming one of the great New Zealand pinots for the cellar. It’s beautifully cohesive, while structured for the long haul, thanks to serious tannins of confident grip, yet upholding finely textured mouth feel. The fragrance captures understated and alluring mineral notes and violet perfume, which linger through a palate of elegant red cherries and dark berries, lifted by layers of mixed spice and woodspice. $49 at Vaucluse (2010), $55 at Bellevue (2011).