Pollination of the grape flowers was affected by frequent strong, cool winds in late spring and early summer, resulting in a small crop of riesling grapes. The rest of the summer was splendid and the autumn was warm, dry and lingering. The berries became optimally ripe and flavoursome and retained good levels of natural acidity. We left the grapes hanging on the vines until winter. The early morning dews encouraged botrytis to grow on the berries and the warm days ensured that this remained clean and noble. It shrivelled the grapes to give not only extra concentration but to add its own special flavours. The fruit was then hand picked by making multiple passes through the vineyard, each separated by a week or more. We chose only grapes which were fully botrytic to go into this wine.                                  

After selection the grapes were gently pressed, but because they were so raisin-like, very little juice was obtained. Following settling the clear juice from the top was removed and fermented at a cool temperature to help retain the natural fruitiness and unique flavours added by botrytis. Because the juice had been so syrupy the fermentation stopped while the wine was still sweet and as soon as this occurred it was removed from its yeast lees to maximise varietal purity and freshness. It was bottled soon after.

The aroma and flavour profile is multifaceted with impressions of lychees, paw paw, cantaloupe, passion-fruit and apricots. An overlay of honeysuckle, comb honey and beeswax comes from the botrytis. While it is mouth-filling and lusciously sweet, it is cut through with zesty acidity and tingling minerality which keep it focussed, elegant and in balance. The wine seems to expand on the palate and leaves a citrusy after-taste of lemons and limes.

The wine is ready to drink on release but with careful cellaring it should unfold an array of other fascinating nuances over the next 5 or 6 years and live for a decade or more.

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2011

95/100
. . impressive purity and a lingering finish that refuses to quit . ."
- Bob Campbell MW, www.bobcampbellwinereviews.com
19/20
“…Very rich and opulent, this is nectar-like with an unctuous and rounded mouthfeel. Decadent flavours of citrus fruits, marmalade, honey and toffee unfold in gentle waves, and the wine coats the palate. The fruit and botrytis show great presence and intensity. Lifted floral and VA elements cut the richness with fine, underlying acidity lending drive. The wine flows seamlessly to a soft, lush, very long, lingering finish. This is a rich and unctuous botrytised Riesling.
- Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

2010

TOP TIP Golden in colour and honeyed on the nose this is classical dessert wine. The concentrated fruit in the palate shows lemon, citrus and a nudge of marmalade. Unctuous and everlasting. Yum.
- TizWine.com, NZ
This was the panel’s favourite wine in the New Release tasting. It just strikes that perfect balance between fruit sweetness and acidity making it the perfect dessert wine. Yum!
- Wine NZ magazine
91/100
“… has a profoundly scented nose of acacia honey, apricot preserves and orange marmalade with touches of frangipani and dried mango. Fully sweet, rich and viscous, it gives a satisfying tropical fruit and honey layers with a good line of enlivening acid and a long finish.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, USA
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Licence Holder:Dr I Donaldson T/A:Pegasus Bay Winery.
Licence no:057/OFF/001/2015 Exp:22/12/2017