Peregrine Pinot Noir is a fantastic red wine made in the Central Otago wine-growing region of New Zealand’s South Island. The estate is owned by Lindsay McLachlan and Greg Hay and, although they make excellent Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, they are primarily known as Pinot Noir Specialists. The McLachlan family were one of the first to establish plantings in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. Their first vintage was produced in 1998.
Peregrine Wines sources grapes from eleven vineyard sites from three major sub-regions of Central Otago: Gibbston, Lowburn and Bendigo. They own three vineyard sites outright, there are 8 hectares of vineyards at their Bendigo Vineyard, 5.2 hectares at their Logan Town vineyard and 27 hectares at Gibbston. All of their own vineyards are farmed organically and are BioGro certified. These vineyard areas typically produce intensely flavoured wines of finesse and elegance with the predominantly schist soils adding mineral complexity.
The 2013 Peregrine Pinot Noir is composed of 100% Pinot Noir fruit sourced 52% Bendigo, 43% Pisa, and 5% Gibbston sub-regions. Winemaking approach, however, has always been along traditional lines with minimal intervention to let the unique fruit flavours of Central Otago do the talking. The fruit is carefully hand-harvested and then fermented(with some whole bunch) in open top fermenters. The wine is aged for 10 months in French oak barrels prior to being bottled. Winemaker is Nadine Cross.