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To all Wine Exchangers,
Today's offer was brought to you by the Stelvin closure because, without the screwcap on this here bottle, you would not have had the opportunity to enjoy this true treat.
The Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon Waipara Valley 2011 is a remarkable wine.  A wine that we feel, if it had actually had a cork, would not have had the chance to show you the goods it truly has.  Hey, don't get us wrong, we don't mind corks, after all, 98% of the world's fine wines use them.  But the 'romance' of the 'pop' when you pull a cork out is starting to go missing with us as we constantly see the inconsistencies from bottle to bottle on a host of older wines.  With the Stelvin screwcap closure, every bottle in a case is the same.  With cork, after a half-dozen years you have twelve different wines in the same case!
Which ends up being a shame when you have a wine like this.  The 70/30 Sauvignon/Semillon blend is clearly inspired by the terrific Pessac-Leognan Bordeaux Blancs from France and  Pegasus Bay has been making this wine since the late 90's, their quarter-century old vines really generating some extremely powerful, complex fruit.
They picked the Sauvignon in stages during April, timing each harvest to further optimize the grapes’ range of natural flavors. The Semillon was harvested later in May when it had achieved optimal physiological ripeness. These varieties were fermented separately by their natural indigenous yeasts. The Semillon portion was aged in old French oak barrels to help develop the wine’s texture, without adding oak flavor. Both varieties were then aged on their natural deposits of yeast lees (sur lie) for six months to fill out the palate, the Semillon portion remaining in barrels throughout this time.
The result?  A beautiful wine that James Suckling gave a 93-point score, writing, “More than a tip of the hat to the Bordeaux blanc style here: grassy notes, citrus fuits and some struck-match complexity on the nose lead to a palate that shimmers with mineral acidity and fresh citrus fruits.” 



And even the stingy Steve Tanzer fell in love with it, giving it 92 points and writing, "Pale straw-tinged yellow. Complex, bracing aromas of gooseberry, white pepper, ginger, quinine, crushed stone and dusty herbs, plus a hint of lanolin. Broad, spicy and quite dry, with firm acidity giving excellent cut to the subtle flavors of citrus fruits and floral oils; more concentrated than the overwhelming majority of New Zealand's sauvignon-based wines."



With the screwcap every bottle gets to realize its potential, the wine drinking perfectly now.  But, lucky for us, the distributor has to let this one go based on what it would have tasted like if it had a cork!  So you get a gorgeous, perfectly-aged, Bordeaux-inspired $30 white for a measly $10 bucks.
Not a typo.  Buy this one by the case....
Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon Waipara Valley 2011
 

 

93 Points! More than a tip of the hat to the Bordeaux blanc style here: grassy notes, citrus fuits and some struck-match complexity on the nose lead to a palate that shimmers with mineral acidity and fresh citrus fruits. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
ONLY $28.00

$9.98

 

 

 

 

 

 

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