Peregrine Wines is located in the Gibbston region of Central Otago near Queenstown in the southern part of New Zealand’s South Island. This is regarded as one of the more beautiful winegrowing regions in the world. Snow capped mountains dominate the landscape for eight months out of the year, with vineyards established in the valleys below. The climate is quite unique in that it is the only region in New Zealand with a continental climate – hot and dry summers with cool nights. Peregrine focuses on Pinot Noir and a few white varietals from their estate managed vineyards, which are predominantly schist soils which add a mineral element to the wines. The vineyards are farmed using sustainable agricultural practices and minimal mechanization. The end results are wines with excellent fruit intensity, fruit purity and a certain degree of finesse and elegance.
The 2008 Peregrine Chardonnay shows richness in texture without being overly board in terms of its oak and malo lactic influence. Here the oak interplay adds a nice spicy richness to the nose, with a slight buttered nut and marzipan component running over the honeyed pear and white orchard tree fruits aromatically. The palate is rich with honeyed white tree fruit kissed with a toasty, nutty element on the finish. The textural feel is slightly creamy but still showing nice fruit vibrancy along with some honeyed sweetness to the fruit which is countered by a nice underlying edge of acidity. This is impressive for walking the balancing act of being rich without too much weight and excessive oak influence.