PEGASUS BAY PRIMA DONNA PINOT NOIR 2016
Prima Donna is the top Pinot Noir and best red wine from Pegasus Bay Winery, made only in great vintages by Mat Donaldson and his winemaking team, who aim to create the most complex and balanced Pinot Noir possible in this wine, which is part of Pegasus Bay’s reserve series wines. It is only made in exceptional years and comes from ungrafted vineyard plantings. These are characterised by small berries, which have a high tannin ratio and loose open bunches, making for healthy grapes.
Prima Donna Pinot Noir is made using traditional Burgundian winemaking methods with approximately one third whole bunches in ferment. It's matured in French oak, approximately 45% new, for 18 months, using oak barriques from selected artisan Burgundian coopers.
This wine is a blend of the best barrels. It's a rarity and a keeper, drinking well now and aging superbly for the long haul - 10 years+.