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Peregrine News

Change is always afoot at Peregrine. To keep up-to-date with the latest vintage releases, award announcements and media publications see below.

The Eighth Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification

The team at Peregrine Wines are delighted to have been named in the top 16 of 512 pinot noir producers in the country in the “Eighth Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification’.


With over a decade of tastings since the inaugural 2008 Classification, internationally respected wine writers Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer, who hail from the UK and Australia respectively, recently released their 2019 classification.


The Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification is a rolling classification, based on an average assessment of the five most recent vintages, so as to provide an up-to-date evaluation every year, while maintaining the perspective of recent history. 


The entire range of pinot noirs from each producer is tasted, but it is ultimately the estate wines which set the standard.  This rolling classification has been carefully devised to highlight producers who make consistently excellent wines year after year.  


Peregrine Wines is enormously proud to consistently produce a range that truly represents the purity and elegance of Pinot Noir from Central Otago.   View our current range here.

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North & South magazine January 2019 edition

We’re excited to see our Bendigo Estate in Central Otago featured in an article in the latest North & South magazine (Jan 2019 edition).  


Peregrine owners, the McLachlan family, have had a passion for this land since Lindsay and Jude first purchased a block from John Perriam in 1998.  In the years that ensued they have transformed their patch of paradise, with a holistic approach that integrates crop and livestock farming to vineyard management.


All creatures great and small contribute to life at Bendigo.  Cattle help with compost production used to feed the vines and enrich the soil with organic matter, a herd of Wiltshire sheep keep down undergrowth in the vineyard, and the goats make a fantastic contribution controlling scrub in less developed areas.   Pigs, chickens and bees are tenderly cared for by Jude, with the chickens employed to take care of any grass grub on the estate. 


Organic farming is fundamental to every aspect of Peregrine’s Bendigo Estate and the fruit from Bendigo is recognised as forming an integral contribution to the Peregrine range of wines.  Available in the online Shop at www.peregrinewines.co.nz.  Enjoy a glass while relaxing with your copy of North & South!

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Peregrine flies high at Air New Zealand Wine Awards

On a night dominated by Marlborough wineries, it was an honor to be awarded the Guala Closures Champion Pinot Gris trophy for our 2017 Saddleback Pinot Gris at the Air New Zealand wine awards in Hawkes Bay on Saturday night. 

Our CEO, Fraser McLachlan, proudly accepted the trophy on behalf of our passionate and hardworking team on a night where Peregrine was the only Central Otago producer awarded a trophy. 


The Air New Zealand Wine Awards are the New Zealand industry's premiere awards, with over 1,300 wines entered in this year's competition and only 80 gold medals awarded, two of which were awarded to our 2015 Peregrine Pinot Noir and 2017 Saddleback Pinot Gris. 


The judges awarded the Saddleback Pinot Gris top spot for having gorgeous flavours of poached pear, nectarine and pineapple wonderfully framed by rich texture and succulent mouthfeel with a delightful spicy finish. 


These results are a testament to tireless effort of our wonderful team, from out estate vineyard crew who are so dedicated to producing exceptional grapes, to the winery who do a fantastic job crafting that fruit into award winning wines. 

All the award winning wines are available to purchase from our online shop 



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2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is the premier wine competition in New Zealand recognising excellence in winemaking.  Following three days of judging over 1,300 wines, the medals have been awarded in this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards, with Pinot Noir once again being the star performer.


At Peregrine we are delighted to have received Gold for our flagship wine, with the 2015 Peregrine Pinot Noir being recognised in this category.   This elegant and beautifully balanced wine is crafted in a style that is a true reflection of the three Central Otago sub-regions that contribute to our Pinot Noir.    Also recognised was our 2016 Saddleback Pinot Noir receiving a Silver medal.  Both these Awards are a fabulous reflection of our passion and dedication to crafting premium Pinot Noir from Central Otago.


We also produce at Peregrine an outstanding range of white wines and aromatics and are excited to have been awarded Gold for the 2017 Saddleback Pinot Gris and Bronze for the 2016 Peregrine Chardonnay and the 2015 Peregrine Pinot Gris.


Huge thanks to everyone in our hardworking team for continuing to pour such tremendous effort and dedication into every bottle.


All the Award winning wines are available to purchase from our online  shop

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