The Season

A mild spring was followed by a warm summer and a lingering, dry autumn. Occasional well spaced rain kept the vines happy. This enabled optimum ripeness to be obtained in the beautifully healthy fruit. Rain at the end of the season followed by drying nor’west winds, produced a nice proportion of nobly botrytic berries, which has given the wine extra concentration and depth.

The Vineyard and Vines

The outcrop of land on which these grapes were grown consists largely of weathered stones and mineral rich gravels. These were shorn off New Zealand’s Southern Alps by an ice-age glacier, which carried them down the valleys and deposited them in selected sites. The vineyard has warm days, but the nights are amongst the coolest in the Waipara Valley, which helps draw out the ripening period and retain good natural acidity. This individual terroir is especially suited to riesling.  

Harvest and Winemaking

After picking during May, the grapes were gently pressed. The juice was then fermented slowly at cool temperatures in stainless steel to help the wine retain its vibrant fruit characters and varietal purity. At all stages, from fermentation to bottling, it was handled very carefully to help it retain a little of its natural carbon dioxide. This provides a little additional crispness and may result in a small amount of spritzig when first poured.

The wine

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.

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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