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Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon 2019

The Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon is a unique expression of the traditional white Bordeaux blend using approximately 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon. Both varieties were picked in stages, timing each harvest to optimise the grapes’ range of natural flavours. These varieties were fermented separately, most of the Sauvignon in stainless steel to retain the pure fruit character and all the Semillon in oak puncheons to add texture. A small percentage of the Sauvignon Blanc was also matured in new French barrels to give extra length and complexity. Both varieties were aged on their natural deposits of yeast lees (sur lie) for approximately 10 months, prior to blending. Once bottled, the wine was left to age for another year before release, allowing it to integrate further. The nose is powerfully expressive, charred citrus, crushed thyme, and baked apple melded with nettle, blossom, and a whiff of gun smoke. In the mouth it is richly textured, with refreshing acidity and a phenolic drive that adds structure, weight, and complexity. While the Semillon component fills out the palate and gives richness, the wine is vibrant and energised, it’s crisp minerality leading the way to a persistent and long finish.

Wine File
Producer:
Pegasus Bay
Country:
New Zealand
Region:
Canterbury
Sub Region:
Waipara Valley
Style:
White Wine
Primary Grape(s):
Sauvignon Blanc , Sémillon
Bottle Size:
75cl
Alcohol:
14.0%
Closure:
Screw Cap
Contains Sulphites:
Yes
Units Per Bottle:
10.5
£23.00

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