Spring was mild and encouraged early budburst and development of the new growth on the vines. The weather became cooler over flowering in early summer, resulting in a relatively small crop of grapes setting. The rest of the season was warm but not excessively hot and there was a long Indian summer. The fruit ripened beautifully with intense flavours while the natural acidity was retained. Some of the bunches were allowed to become shrivelled by 'noble rot' giving extra concentration.

After picking, the juice was gently separated and allowed to ferment at cool temperatures in order to retain its vibrant fruit aromas and flavours.

Impressions of citrus fruits dominate the bouquet and flavour with lemon and lime elements. There are also hints of nectarine, spice and white pepper. A salty mineral tang is present in the aftertaste. The wine is concentrated but focussed, crisp and off-dry.

While ready to drink, it should continue to improve in the bottle over the next eight years, developing toasty, honey and marmalade characters.


Awarded Super Classic Status "This is classy stuff."
- Michael Cooper's Buyer’s Guide, NZ
“Surely a classic in its own right”
- Michael Broadbent, Decanter, UK
“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

2015

95/100
“… Rich, concentrated and flavoursome Riesling … Sweetness is balanced by fruity acidity and fine tannins. A powerful wine with character.”
- Bob Campbell MW, bobcampbell.nz, NZ
93/100
Off-dry and packed with richness, this has a wealth of ripe peach and mango fruits. The palate has bracing acidity that lifts really weighty …” 
- Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com, USA
16.5/20
Very nice balance for a Spätlese style of wine.  Real refreshment and vitality.  Nice savoury undertow.  Racy and with good length.”
- Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com, UK
94/100
“ Very aromatic bouquet … very fresh, lively - dancing on the palate …”
- Cameron Douglas MS, camerondouglasms.blogspot.co.nz, NZ
18.5/20
“ … The wine carries smoothly to an elegant, long lingering finish. … elegantly rich and luscious medium Riesling … a fine-textured, refreshing palate. …” 
- Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, NZ

2014

18.5/20
“…is a soft, rich, medium Riesling with exotic flavours of limes, honey and musk."
- Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, NZ
93/100
A richly-textured wine with benchmark varietal flavours.”
- Bob Campbell MW, bobcampbell.nz, NZ 
92/100
“ … beguiling core of intensity and complexity … A delicious example of Riesling … ” 
- Cameron Douglas MS, camerondouglasms.blogspot.co.nz, NZ

2013

92/100
This distinctive style of Riesling is jam-packed with honey, tree fruit/apricot and orange marmalade flavours (among many others). . . .
- Bob Campbell MW, bobcampbellwinereviews.com
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 - joellethomson.co.nz
18.5/20
“… 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, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

2012

19/20
“…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, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz
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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