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Pegasus Bay Maestro 2016

Maestro is part of the Pegasus Bay reserve series of wines and represents the very best of the estates Bordeaux fruit. As with all the Pegasus Bay reserve wines, this celebrated claret style wine is only made in exceptional years. After harvest in April, the grapes began fermentation naturally in stainless steel tanks. During this process the juice was regularly drained and sprayed back over the cap of floating grape skins (rather than plunging), to ensure a perfect tannin balance was extracted from the fruit. The wine was then gently pressed off and put into French oak barriques (50% new). The following summer, when the weather warmed, it underwent a natural malolactic (secondary) fermentation. After maturing in oak for 2 years, a selection from the best barrels was carefully blended to produce the most balanced yet complex wine possible. The finished Maestro blend is approximately 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Malbec. Dark purple and inky in appearance Maestro offers a plethora of both dark fruit and savoury aromas. Blackcurrant, dark plum and cassis sit alongside earthy notes of mushroom, leather, black olive and woodsmoke. The palate is plump and succulent with satisfying concentration and ripe tannins that add structure and complexity, all bound together with a core of refreshing acidity that balances the wine perfectly and prolongs its finish. While ready to drink on release, Maestro will reward careful cellaring for many years to come.

Wine File
Pegasus Bay
New Zealand
Sub Region:
Waipara Valley
Red Wine
Primary Grape(s):
Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot
Bottle Size:
Screw Cap
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The Producer Pegasus Bay | Waipara

Arial phot of the Pegasus Bay winery in Canterbury, New Zealand

Pegasus Bay is Canterbury’s top winery and can challenge – even match – the very best from elsewhere. In 1985, Ivan Donaldson established what is now Pegasus Bay’s home vineyard with wife, Christine and their four sons...

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The Primary Grape Wine By Grape Variety | Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Primary Grape Wine By Grape Variety | Merlot

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Nick Stock
Nick Stock,, USA - Professional

” … Super fine tannins deliver a ball of spiced, dark-chocolate-coated black cherries and plum liqueur …” 94/100

Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper,, NZ

“... One of the South Island's greatest 'Bordeaux-style' reds, it should flourish for a decade.”

Candice Chow
Candice Chow,, NZ

“… This is a brilliant NZ South island Bordeaux blend with richness and concentration … Only made in exceptional years”

Sam Kim
Sam Kim – Wine Writer,, NZ

“It's superbly fruited and hugely appealing … wonderfully concentrated and richly expressed … delectably enticing …