A pleasant stylistic change from Peregrine, whose wines have been somewhat chunky in the past, this vintage nicely captures Pinot’s elusive silky texture and complex aromas. It’s highly perfumed, with hints of herbs and roses wrapped around a soft core of lush black-cherry fruit. Finishes long, framed by soft…— J.C.
This is textbook Central Otago Pinot, from the nuances of wild thyme to the bold cherry fruit and mouthwatering finish. This medium-bodied wine is structured enough to last several years, but soft enough to drink now.— J.C.
This fruit-forward Pinot Gris is dominated by pear and pineapple notes. Some custardy richness adds to the mouthfeel, while bright citrus sparks the finish. Drink now.— J.C.
Unabashedly New World in style, Peregrine’s 2009 combines lusty fruit with ample oak accents to create a moderately complex, silky-textured Pinot Noir. The cherry fruit is accented by hints of vanilla, graham cracker and a delicate wreath of smoked meat. Drink now–2017.— J.C.
Peregrine’s wines have settled into a consistent groove, marrying subtle herb and mossy notes with an enveloping core of black cherry fruit. The 2007 is medium in body, with a slightly creamy texture and a supple, bacon-tinged finish that avoids being overly soft. Drink it over the next five years.— J.C.
This medium-bodied Riesling combines relatively high alcohol (13%) with ample residual sugar to add even greater richness and mouthfeel. But because of its excellent levels of acidity, it doesn’t come across as particularly sweet or heavy. Tangerine, apple and spice notes linger elegantly on the finish.— J.C.
Oily and showing good varietal character in its rose-petal and lychee aromas. Tastes more pear-like, with loads of musk and spice that give it an exotic, perfumed character that persists through the long finish.— J.C.
This medium-bodied, supple wine is laced with notes of hickory smoke, mushroom and ripe cherries. It’s pleasantly jammy, with just enough savory and structural elements to keep its fruity side in check. Drink now–2017.— J.C.