Waipara, Canterbury

Pegasus Bay

Waipara Valley Riesling 2018

Bottled lightning. Concentrated mineral. Lemon, grapefruit pith, slate, honeyed pear, white flowers, sweet hay. — 5 days ago

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Mt. Beautiful

North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2018

If tropical cashews were a thing that’s what this wine gives and I’m not mad at it. — 2 months ago

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Bell Wine Cellars

Canterbury Vineyard Syrah

Leuke vervanger voor de Verano — 9 months ago

Pegasus Bay

Maestro Merlot Malbec 2015

I think the 2016 is even better! — 2 years ago

Pegasus Bay

Prima Donna Pinot Noir 2017

Deep ruby. Dark sweet plum, salty and floral. The palate is med-full bodied, med acidity, soft-med tannin. There is a dark savoury element that gives the wine gravitas. Beautiful balance. Power without weight. Powerful and beautiful. — a month ago


Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2018

Pale ruby color.
Aromas of strawberry jam, buttered toast.
Dry. Flavors of fresh ripe strawberries, red cherry, hint of cream soda or something fizzy. Delicious!

Intensity: 4/5
Complexity: 2/5
Balance: 5/5
Finish: 5/5
— 5 months ago


Chardonnay 2014

Not as struck match as it was in its youth. Quite mineral on the nose, white florals with evidence of whole bunch in the ferment. A buttered toast component. A delicate yet intense palate if that makes sense. A saline note on the finish. More like a top quality Chablis than a White Burgundy. A top flight New Zealand Chardonnay from the Canterbury district in the South Island. Hard to find and overpriced at $195 AUD. I think the Australian importer is adding a hefty margin. I note it sells for $120NZD in New Zealand. — 10 months ago

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Bell Hill Vineyards

Old Weka Pass Road Pinot Noir 2016

See previous notes here on Delectable. Mid to pale ruby in colour. Pale yet powerful. Great aromatics of pansies, rose petals and violets also stalkiness. As Barb said the aromas of a beautiful garden. After a while an Animale, feral note not unlike some Burgundies we’ve had. Medium bodied palate - dried red fruits with a sweet yet savoury twist. A very polished new World Pinot by any measure. Tasters often identify with Central Otago and Martinborough for quality NZ Pinot Noir. Don’t forget about Canterbury in the South Island not far from the city of Christchurch. Luckily I have 2 left. Bob Campbell MW says drink through to 2025. — 2 months ago

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Ira Schwartz

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@Bob McDonald So funny I just had their ‘09 Chardonnay. Drinking beautifully.
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Wlll do Byron. Will get back on Monday.
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That’s a good bit of age on a New world Chardy. Good to hear it was drinking well.

Pegasus Bay

Bel Canto Dry Riesling 2010

Mineral, citric, peach.
Honey notes.
— 9 months ago

The Hermit Ram

North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2021

RVLT on a PH w Tu, Michelangelo, Joyce etc — 2 years ago