Pegasus Bay Riesling - Tasting Notes

Riesling - 2013

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A warm summer and lingering autumn produced beautifully ripe fruit. Late season rain produced a nice proportion of nobly botrytic berries which has given the wine extra flavour and depth.


The bouquet and flavour suggest peaches, apricots, lychees, frangipani, honeysuckle and mandarin. It is concentrated and mouth filling with a backbone of minerality and tangy acidity that complements it’s off dry finish and draws out its length. With careful cellaring it should develop a complex range of other nuances and live for a decade or more.

Riesling - 2012

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A cool summer followed by a lingering dry autumn and modest crop levels produced vibrant ripe fruit flavours with beautiful natural acidity. Fermentation was at a low temperature to ensure zesty varietal purity and freshness.


There is a spectrum of lively aromas and flavours suggesting lime, lemon and mandarin, intertwined with nectarine, lychee and guava. It is rich and concentrated in the mouth but a spine of crisp acidity and minerality keep it elegant and tight knit, while its off dry finish provides excellent balance. Tangy hints of ginger and spice draw out its length and linger on the palate well after swallowing. Although ready to drink on release, careful cellaring for five – 10 years should add a range of other fascinating nuances.

Riesling - 2011

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La Nina weather conditions produced a beautifully warm summer but the nights were cool, helping to retain good natural acidity. A small portion of the berries developed beautifully raisined noble botrytis which has given the wine extra richness, concentration and flavour. The grapes were grown and mineral rich stony soil and the juice was fermented at low temperatures to help retain varietal purity and vibrancy.
On release the wine has a bright lemon hue with aromas and flavours suggestive of peaches, nectarines, apricots and guavas. It is concentrated and powerful in the mouth but has a spine of tingling acidity and minerality that sinuously weaves through the palate to give balance and elegance. There is a long tangy aftertaste. Careful cellaring will bring out additional exciting nuances

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...

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