The Donaldson family have been seriously involved in wine since the early 70’s and were pioneers of local grape growing and wine making. Pegasus Bay is a family-owned and operated enterprise. Ivan Donaldson, wine writer and wine judge, oversees viticulture and wine styles. His wife Christine is business manger and their eldest son, Matthew and his wife Lynnette Hudson are qualified winemakers. Pegasus Bay is an entirely family-owned and operated enterprise. The Donaldson family have been seriously involved in wine since the early 1970’s and were pioneers of local grape growing and winemaking. A deep respect for the land with a long term view towards vine and soil health typifies the Donaldson Family’s approach to grape growing. Their aim is to grow grapes of the highest quality, which fully express the features of the vineyard, and to handle these with the utmost respect. Minimal intervention at all stages from vine to bottle typifies their approach. They believe in traditional sustainable viticultural management. We aspire to capture the unique flavours of the vineyard in our wine.
On release the wine has a bright crimson hue. Its vibrant aromas and flavours suggest black cherries, blackberries, raspberries and mulberries. These impressions of fruit are underlain with savoury notes hinting of grilled mushrooms, barbequed meats and wood-smoke. It initially seems soft in the mouth but rapidly expands to become powerful, while at the same time remaining refined and elegant. A spine of ripe tannins flows through the wine and helps draw out its lingering after-taste.