Wine of the week… prima donna lives up to its name

It’s been one of those weeks where choosing just one wine as my top drop has been a challenge. It’s been a challenging week, actually, but that’s another story. 

Now that the weekend is here, we can indulge in a little something special. In this case, that special thing is the top red from one of New Zealand’s top wineries – Prima Donna Pinot Noir from Pegasus Bay in North Canterbury.

This wine is part of the winery’s reserve range. This means it is made when the grapes are strutting their finest, most flavoursome stuff. And that’s called a good vintage, even if Mother Nature did provide a cooler than average spring in the weather leading up to harvest, so grapes were smaller (and tastier), as a result).

Without further ado, here are my thoughts on this tasty Pinot.


2015 Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir RRP $95, 14% ABV
The Pegasus Bay winemaking team take Pinot Noir up a notch with their latest vintage of Prima Donna, made with grapes harvested in the warm summer of 2015. It was a smaller crop than average, so the wine tastes super concentrated and full bodied with a smooth texture and a long,  lingering finish.

This is a classic from an outstanding North Canterbury winery. It drinks super nicely right now and will evolve for a long time in a good cellar – up to a decade and longer, if there is any willpower involved.

Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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