Wine Producer of the Month: Peregrine
A boutique, artisan producer of organic pinot noir and aromatic white wines. CEO Fraser McLachlan talks to Farro about what it is that makes their wine soar above the rest.
When was Peregrine’s first vintage?
Our first vintage was in 1998 and we quickly gained a reputation both domestically and internationally as one of New Zealand’s iconic wine brands. Our quest for outstanding Central Otago wine begins in the three distinct sub-regions of Bendigo, Pisa and Gibbston, with fruit grown on our estate vineyards or sourced from a select handful of long-term growers.
What is your role at Peregrine?
Peregrine is a true family winery with a ‘hands on’ approach. It is owned and managed by my father Lindsay and I. Our family is actively involved in all aspects of the winery from strategic management to winemaking, grape growing, and sales and marketing.
How do your wines stand out in the market?
From vintage 2017, the full range of Peregrine wines are certified organic. We take great pride in making wines while improving the land from which they come, and we love sharing our story with guests visiting the Peregrine cellar door in Gibbston.
What are the plans for Peregrine moving forward?
We are passionate about organic farming which is fundamental to every level of our viticulture, with a holistic approach that integrates crop and livestock farming on our estate vineyards. With just 21 vintages under our belt, we have a fantastic opportunity to learn about our land and soils, and craft wines that are a true reflection of our sites.
What does the local produce bring to your wines?
Peregrine’s commitment to organic farming and viticulture guarantees fruit of the highest quality, giving a clear expression of character to every vintage. The local mineral-laden schist soils add great purity of flavor and distinctive minerality, with typical Central Otago characters of stonefruit, cherries and berries showing through.
Tell us about supporting NZ native birds?
Our wines are named in honour of New Zealand’s endemic falcon/ Kārearea and Peregrine is proud to actively support conservation efforts to help sustain and increase the population of some of our rarest native birds (the Kārearea, Saddleback and Mōhua) working with the Wingspan Trust and the Dept of Conservation.
What wine are you most proud of and what meal do you like to pair it with?
I do enjoy the Peregrine Pinot Noir with a French lamb rack and organic vegetables from the garden. Or a glass of Peregrine Dry Riesling enjoyed with a slow cook pork roast and vegetable salad is another favourite of mine.
Find the Peregrine range in our wine section.