Pegasus Bay Riesling - Tasting Notes

Riesling - 2010

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Warm days, but cool nights and 3 months of perfect weather prior to picking produced wonderfully ripened grapes with good natural acidity.  They were grown in stony, mineral-rich ground which has given the wine an additional tanginess.  Fermentation was carried out at a cool temperature to help retain the vibrant fruit flavours.

The generous bouquet and flavours are suggestive of ripe apples, lemons, limes, nectarines and white fleshed peaches.  With careful cellaring, it also should develop a range of other characters, including impressions of mandarins and orange marmalade.  While it is full flavoured and concentrated, the wine is also elegant and refined with a spine of fine acidity and zesty minerality which flow through the palate and draw out its length in a crisp off-dry finish.

Wine in moderation is a natural health food


Riesling - 2009

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This was an excellent season for riesling, which was grown on an outcrop of mineral-rich stony soil.  It was fermented at low temperatures to retain its zesty aromas and flavours. Citrus fruit characters and a little natural dissolved C to give O2 to give a hint of spritzig and tangy freshness.
 
The aromas and flavours are an enticing mix of limes, lemons, red apples, nectarines and white fleshed peaches.  At first sip it appears light and zesty but the wine then gradually expands to become concentrated and mouth-filling, while retaining a refined elegance.  Its plump fruitiness is matched by a seam of tangy minerality and natural acidity which courses through the wine, giving it balance and drawing out the length.  With careful cellaring it should develop a range of other enticements during the next 5 years and live for very many more.


Riesling - 2008

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The spring and early summer were warm and so exceptionally dry that we felt the vines might suffer from the effects of drought. In February we had the unexpected; a torrential downpour set the dry streams gurgling merrily and totally replenished the ground water reserves.  Late in autumn we had humid conditions which led to some botrytis developing in riesling.  Many producers picked early to minimise the effect of this but fortunately we braved it out until the weather cleared and the patches of botrytis became beautifully shrivelled and noble.


Dry Riesling 2007

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Waipara was buffeted by frequent strong winds in late spring and early summer which coincided with the period when the grapes were in flower.  It impaired pollination and thus quite markedly reduced the crop level. 


Riesling - 2007

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Waipara was buffeted by frequent strong winds in late spring and early summer which coincided with the period when the grapes were in flower.  It impaired pollination and thus quite markedly reduced the crop level.  The rest of the summer, however, was excellent and the autumn was warm, dry and lingering....


Riesling - 2006

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The growing season was longer than usual as mild, spring weather resulted in early bud-burst, but was followed by cool nights which prevented excessively rapid growth.  We had good accumulation of summer heat and a long, dry autumn.  Harvest was, as usual, in early May.  This extra time on the vines meant the fruit was beautifully physiologically ripe when picked, but yet had good levels of natural acid...


Riesling 2005

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December, when the vines were in flower, was the coldest and wettest in over a century. This resulted in an exceptionally low crop of grapes “setting”, which has given the wine special concentration and depth. At the start of January, however, the berries were lagging behind in their development...


Riesling 2004

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The early summer was extremely hot and initially it seemed as though it might be too much for this cool climate variety. Fortunately, February was a typically cool, which slowed down development. There followed a long, dry, warm autumn, which allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly.


Riesling 2003

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The season started with a cool spring, which lead to a small crop of grapes setting in our riesling vines. Following this, the temperatures began to rise and the summer was really warm. This, combined with a small crop, lead to advanced maturation and we picked the grapes earlier than usual in order to retain good acidity in the fruit...


Riesling 2002

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The pattern of the weather during the growing season was similar to that of the previous year, but even more marked. That is to say, the summer was not overly hot, leading to the development of true cool climate riesling aromas and flavours, with the retention of good acid. Then followed the most perfect, lingering autumn with warm, dry, calm days...


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