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. The rest of the summer and the autumn were warm and dry which enabled this cool climate variety to catch up, ripen perfectly and yet retain fresh, vibrant fruit flavours with good levels of acidity.

After harvest the grapes were gently pressed and the juice allowed to clarify by settling. It was then slowly fermented at low temperatures and removed from its yeast deposit or “lees” as soon as fermentation was complete, in order to help the wine keep its lively array of fruit aromas and flavours. It was bottled soon after without being further disturbed so as to retain some of the natural carbon dioxide or “spritzig” to give it extra crispness and freshness. The wine has a multi-faceted interplay of complementary aromas and flavours. There are elements of ripe apples, white peaches, nectarines, quinces, raw figs and citrus fruits. These expand in the mouth to become concentrated and rich, but yet the wine is lithe, elegant and fresh with a backbone of natural acidity.

While ready to drink on release, careful cellaring will bring out a myriad of other fascinating nuances. It should continue to improve over five to six years and live a decade or more.

Awarded Super Classic Status "This is classy stuff."
- Michael Cooper's Buyer’s Guide, NZ, 2013
“Surely a classic in its own right”
- Michael Broadbent, Decanter, UK
One of only two NZ Riesling producers recommended by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, USA
“Canterbury with its sunshine and big diurnal shifts is the beating heart of NZ Riesling production with Pegasus Bay arguably the country's best-known producer for the grape.”
- Chris Losh, Imbibe Magazine, UK


This distinctive style of Riesling is jam-packed with honey, tree fruit/apricot and orange marmalade flavours (among many others). . . .
- Bob Campbell MW,
Top wine of tasting - “. . . an absolutely outstanding wine with intense concentration of colour, aroma, flavour, body and acidity; The finish is very long finish and this wine shows an exceptional response to the climate that it comes from. . . serious and very complex….This wine was my favourite for its great balance and intense fresh flavours.
- Vino -
“… This has much more to unfold…. the palate features soft, ripe, up-front citrus fruit and honied flavours along with nuances of exotic yellow florals. The mouthfeel is smooth-flowing with a fine phenolic line and discreet, lacy acidity guiding the palate….This is a soft, rich and gently succulent medium Riesling with citrus and honied flavours and toasty detail.”
- Raymond Chan,


“…This has developed some secondary nuance and is quite complete in expression. Medium in sweetness and medium-bodied, the palate is rich and harmoniously melded with concentrated flavours of yellow florals, citrus fruits and honey, along with subtle toasty nuances. The flavours are mouthfilling with a degree of opulence, but the wine is vibrant and lively with underlying, thirst-quenching acidity. The wine has concentration and follows a very fine line leading to a very long and sustained honied finish. This is a rich and harmonious medium Riesling with complex nuances, underlying vitality and a complete mouthfeel. . . .
- Raymond Chan,
Bright, light lemon/green, with lovely poise and concentration. Showing real depth through the palate, it is peachy, slightly limey, and honeyed, with gentle sweetness, good acid spine, and a touch of bottle-aged complexity. Drink now or cellar.
- Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide, NZ
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Off Licence.
Licence Holder:Dr I Donaldson T/A:Pegasus Bay Winery.
Licence no:057/OFF/001/2015 Exp:22/12/2017