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Peregrine Wines in Central Otago is a family business. Of course, not everyone who works there shares a surname, but the McLachlans think there’s no better way to describe their tight-knit team than “family”. Their commitment to organic farming at their Gibbston, Pisa and Bendigo vineyards means their wines are of the most epic quality, and they also do their bit for animal conservation, too.

Set in the majestically rugged mountainous region of Central Otago, New Zealand, Peregrine Wines have been known as specialists of pinot noir since their first vintage in 1998.

When no one is watching, you drink…
Emersons Pilsner.

Your pinots are best for…
Celebrating and enjoying with family and friends.

Your pinots are best paired with…
Game meat – duck or venison.

What style do you think characterises Central Otago pinot?
Our wines are unique in that they encapsulate the essence of Central Otago across sub regions: Bendigo, Gibbston and Pisa. Bendigo is the warmest site and generates excellent tannin structure and dark forest fruit flavours. Pisa gives us beautiful aromatics, ripe plum and a plush mid palate. Gibbston parcels tend to generate more red fruits such as currant and cherry, with elegant acidity. Each site has a voice and the result is a very balanced pinot noir that can truly express the vintage differences.

Tell us three things we need to know about your region?
1. It is an absolutely stunning part of New Zealand to visit.
2. Adventure sports are a must-do – bungee jumping and zip trekking just to name a few.
3. A young wine region that knows no boundaries, the current generation of wine producers creating cutting edge, world class pinot noir unlike any in the world.

What’s the one thing we must do in your region?
Definitely visit Arrowtown, and enjoy some of the amazing food and wine that the region has to offer.

If not you, who else should people try?
Maude, Two Paddocks and Burn Cottage.

What year was your first pinot noir vintage and what song best represents it?
1998. It’s like that – Run DMC

What song should we listen to when driving to the winery?

What song should we listen to when driving away and onto the next one?

What’s the one song that makes you dance when the beat drops…

What do you listen to when you’re drinking pinot?

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