An image of a bottle of Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon, in the style of a traditional Bordeaux blend

Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • New Zealand, 750ml

A superb maverick take on a dry white Bordeaux blend. On release the colour is pale lemon. Tropical aromas commence the fanfare, a salvo of guava, pineapple and melon leading the way. Layered beneath are nuances of grapefruit, honeysuckle, crushed herbs, and a wisp of struck match. The palate is richly textured, backed by crisp acidity and a simmering phenolic drive that delivers outstanding weight and structure. A prolonged and sophisticated finish completes the union, adding further complexity and length.

  • Winery: Pegasus Bay
  • Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc 70%, Semillon 30%
  • Region: Waipara Valley, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2020
  • Alcohol: 13.6%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap
  • Food pairing: Chicken, turkey; white fish, shrimp, lobster; feta & goat cheeses; citrus & light cream sauces.

"Complex and attractive, there’s a heady beguiling scent to the bouquet with aromas of quince and passionfruit, citrus peel and lemon drop, fresh herbs and wild passionfruit. Flroal and mineral. On the palate a delicious textured wine with flavours of orange peel and quince, tropical fruits and citrus all with an herbaceous edge and new release energy. The lees and light wood notes add complexity and length." Cameron Douglas

This multi-award winning traditional French blend from Waipara by Pegasus Bay is not only delicious but will impress any white wine lover. Perfect as a gift for someone special or as a corporate gift. Buy right here and get delivered direct to your door, we deliver nationwide.


The Donaldson family have been immersed in the wine industry since the early 1970s and were pioneers of local grape growing and wine making. Associate Professor and Consultant Neurologist, Ivan Donaldson, first became interested in wine when his girlfriend at the time, Christine, gave him a book simply called - ‘Wine’.

Penned by English industry legend, Hugh Johnson, the book started Ivan on an exciting journey, that has never stopped. After travelling to explore the wine regions of Europe, Ivan returned home to plant one of the first vineyards of modern times in Canterbury… and to marry Christine, who has been an integral part of the Pegasus Bay story.

The first vineyard was a hobby with Ivan making wine in the garage at home on the weekends, in-between seeing patients at his private practice in the evening and after his shifts at the public hospital. He also started writing a wine column in the local paper (that he continued for over 20 years) and was a judge in numerous wine shows around the globe. In 2012 Ivan was awarded an Order of Merit for his contribution to Neurology.

By the mid 1980s Ivan and Chris had decided there was definitely a future for wine making in Canterbury. They went on to plant Pegasus Bay with the help of their four sons, who have all ended up working in key roles within the business. Ivan, now retired from medicine, continues to oversee viticulture while Chris’s ‘happy place’ is in the winery’s extensive grounds, now beautifully well-established thanks to her careful planting over the last 30 years.

Chris is also passionate about opera and the arts. She has embraced the local opera scene for many years, including singing in the chorus for a number of operatic productions. There has been many a concert held at the winery’s natural amphitheatre and a reserve range of wines have been dedicated to Chris’s love of opera.

Their eldest son, Matthew, is Winemaker and graduated with an oenology degree and a postgraduate diploma in viticulture from Roseworthy College, in Australia. He has worked numerous vintages in other parts of the world, with a particular focus on Burgundy, and in 2020 would have had his 28th vintage at Pegasus Bay.

Another son, Edward (a trained chef) is Marketing Manager and spends much of his time trotting the globe to promote the wines to around 20 countries where Pegasus Bay is distributed. His wife Belinda managers the hospitality side of the business focusing on premium events. 

Michael was the last son to join the business after his return from overseas, finding a natural fit as Local Sales Manager, while the youngest son Paul, who has an MBA, is the winery’s General Manager.

Pegasus Bay is proud to be entirely family-owned. 


"Our aim is to grow grapes of the highest quality, which fully express the features of the vineyard and to handle these with the utmost respect. Minimal intervention at all stages from vine to bottle typifies our approach.

We believe in sustainable viticultural management, low crop levels, minimal handling of fruit during processing and gentle pressing. We allow wines to go through natural malolactic fermentation and clarification by settling, without the use of fining agents.

We aspire to capture the unique flavours of the vineyard in our wine with texture, length and drinkability being trademarks of our house style. Pegasus Bay wines are made with estate grown fruit from our North Canterbury home vineyard."

Pegasus Bay - Donaldson Family Ltd.

  • 95/100 Points - Cameron Douglas MS (2020 vintage)
  • 5 Stars - Michael Cooper (2020 vintage)
  • 19/20 Points - Joelle Thomson, Drinksbiz (2020 vintage)
  • 93/100 Points - James Suckling (2020 vintage)
  • 18.5/20 Points - Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews (2020 vintage)
  • 92/100 Points - Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review (2020 vintage)


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