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Awatere River

Awatere River, Sauvignon Blanc

Awatere River, Sauvignon Blanc

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2012

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La Nina weather conditions produced a beautifully warm summer. Fermentation was by indigenous yeasts, followed by ageing sur lie, the semillon component being in old French oak barriques. French traditionally blend a portion semillon into sauvignon blanc to help subdue the latter's pungency, add richness and complexity and ensure longevity. This wine has aromas and flavours of passionfruit, pawpaw, Turkish musk and tropical spices intermingled with a splash of freshly crushed thyme and mint. In the mouth it is full-bodied and concentrated but muscular rather than opulent. The finish is firm, dry and lingering. While ready to drink on release it should develop additional layers of complexity with careful cellaring over several years. - See more at: http://www.pegasusbay.com/tasting-notes-sauvignon-semillon#sthash.G3JHSDDD.dpuf
French traditionally blend a portion semillon into sauvignon blanc to help subdue the latter's pungency, add richness and complexity and ensure longevity. This wine has aromas and flavours of passionfruit, pawpaw, Turkish musk and tropical spices intermingled with a splash of freshly crushed thyme and mint. In the mouth it is full-bodied and concentrated but muscular rather than opulent. The finish is firm, dry and lingering. While ready to drink on release it should develop additional layers of complexity with careful cellaring over several years. - See more at: http://www.pegasusbay.com/tasting-notes-sauvignon-semillon-2011#attachments
French traditionally blend a portion semillon into sauvignon blanc to help subdue the latter's pungency, add richness and complexity and ensure longevity. This wine has aromas and flavours of passionfruit, pawpaw, Turkish musk and tropical spices intermingled with a splash of freshly crushed thyme and mint. In the mouth it is full-bodied and concentrated but muscular rather than opulent. The finish is firm, dry and lingering. While ready to drink on release it should develop additional layers of complexity with careful cellaring over several years. - See more at: http://www.pegasusbay.com/tasting-notes-sauvignon-semillon-2011#attachments
French traditionally blend a portion semillon into sauvignon blanc to help subdue the latter's pungency, add richness and complexity and ensure longevity. This wine has aromas and flavours of passionfruit, pawpaw, Turkish musk and tropical spices intermingled with a splash of freshly crushed thyme and mint. In the mouth it is full-bodied and concentrated but muscular rather than opulent. The finish is firm, dry and lingering. While ready to drink on release it should develop additional layers of complexity with careful cellaring over several years. - See more at: http://www.pegasusbay.com/tasting-notes-sauvignon-semillon-2011#attachments
We only make Prima Donna in the best years and 2009 was certainly one of these.  This was a splendid vintage in general and an exceptional one for pinot noir with perfect weather throughout the season.  Modest crops have given the wine excellent fruit expression.  This wine was made naturally using traditional Burgundian methods, with no added micro-organisms.  It was produced by blending the barriques which we felt best expressed our vineyard and the season.  Typically these come from vines over a quarter of a century old, which are on their own roots.
 
On release the wine has a vibrant crimson hue.  The unfolding aroma is multi-layered and complex, suggesting bright red fruits, blackberries, raspberries, black cherries and purple plums.  There are also savoury nuances reminiscent of roast meats and grilled mushrooms, intermingled with whiffs of wood-smoke.  The palate entry is seductively light but the wine seems to expand in the mouth to become rich and muscular, while retaining an even flow of velvety, but tangy, tannins.  These at the same time excite but soothe the taste buds and draw out the wine’s long lingering finish.  Although it will be enjoyed on release, with careful cellaring it should develop other fascinating nuances over the next decade and live well beyond this. - See more at: http://www.pegasusbay.com/tasting-notes-prima-donna#sthash.jGLACwii.dpuf
This was a splendid vintage in general and an exceptional one for pinot noir with perfect weather throughout the season.  Modest crops have given the wine excellent fruit expression.  This wine was made naturally using traditional Burgundian methods, with no added micro-organisms.      

 

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.  While ready to drink on release, with careful cellaring it should become more expressive and multifaceted over the next 6-8 years and live well beyond.

- See more at: http://www.pegasusbay.com/tasting-notes-pinot-noir#sthash.Kt7YssXA.dpuf

Standing proud at the head of Marlborough’s Awatere Valley is Mount Tapuae-o-uenuku - the highest peak outside of New Zealand’s Main Divide. Its glaciers feed the Awatere River which meanders its way through some of New Zealand’s best wine growing country.

It was on this country that the Vavasour family settled in 1887, pioneering commercial grape-growing and winemaking. Peter and Anna Vavasour planted the first vines in the Dashwood district in 1986 and established the region's first winery.

Awatere River, by Louis Vavasour (Peter and Anna Vavsour's son) is a collection of award winning, low yield, premium quality wines that reflect the distinctive terroir of the alluvial river flats on which they were grown.

Focusing on length, structure and complexity, Awatere River produces exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rosé and Pinot Noir.

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