“A true New Zealand classic …”
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. We were thus able to harvest beautifully ripened, flavoursome riesling grapes which had retained good levels of natural acidity. The reduced crop has given the wine extra concentration and depth.
After picking the grapes were gently pressed to release the juice, which was then allowed to clarify naturally by settling. After the sediment had been removed this clear juice was slowly fermented at low temperatures to help retain the vibrant fruit aromas and flavours. It was taken off its yeast deposit and bottled soon after fermentation had stopped to help it retain the varietal purity and elegance which is the essence of riesling. During this time it was kept cool and handled gently to help preserve some of this dissolved carbon dioxide, so giving the wine a little fresh and vibrant spritzig.
The aromas and flavours invoke impressions of ripe stone fruits, such as nectarines and peaches, supported by hints of tropical spices, passionfruit and lycees. There is a backbone of tangy lime- and lemon-like citrus fruits which add a zesty “nervosity”. It has a spine of minerality and crisp acidity which keep it tight-knit and focussed, drying out its lingering after-taste.
While ready to drink on release it should develop a fascinating array of additional flavour and aroma nuances with careful cellaring.
“A true New Zealand classic …”
Awarded Super Classic Status "This is classy stuff."
“Surely a classic in its own right”
“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.”
“Pegasus Bay's riesling remain New Zealands benchmarks”
“Complex, layered aromatics … A taut, salivating, and intense palate with concentrated lime fruit, a crystalline texture, and bracing zippy acid. A touch of sweetness on the finish provides the perfect balance.”
“The 2020 Riesling from Pegasus Bay is a succulent and satisfying mouthfeel … well balanced, running the gauntlet between austerity and sweetness, sweetly.”
“Wonderfully fruited and immediately appealing … Opulent yet harmonious … long and luscious."
“Fantastic bouquet, pure, ripe, zesty and fresh … Delicious, fresh and just dry on the finish.”
“… Sweetness is nicely balanced by tangy acidity giving the wine an exquisite tension. Complex and concentrated.”
“ … This complex, heavy-weight Riesling is packed with flavours, concentration and a long, balanced drive”
“Classy stuff … it is weighty and rich … a very harmonious finish”
“ … Articulate and rounded with the sweetness adding definition and depth … Delicious.”
“ … Quite rich, full bodied and flavoursome with a spritz element and a zesty finish.”
“… A light CO2 spritz on the entry makes for a lively start … Satisfying weight and depth are accompanied by roundness from the residual sugar (28g/L) while the fine acidity and textural phenolics provide a sense of structure …”
“ … Pegasus Bay Riesling is one of New Zealand’s greatest white wines every year. It’s a maverick, brave, adventurous white that is delicious now and ages for a decade and then some.”
“Immensely complex and enticing … ” gorgeously flavoursome palate that's filled with succulent fruit flavours and spicy nuances. It's generous and opulent yet refined and structured with a persistent delicious finish.”
“ … Delicious, fleshy and long.”
“ … vibrant and refreshing … multilayered richness and precision”
“ … delicious wine is full of youthful impact. Rich and vibrant, …”
“ … rich, luscious … unctuous. A big, bold, beautiful statement wine.”
“ … a distinctive wine with notable persistence"
“Gorgeously ripe and inviting … awesome concentration … Splendidly harmonious and filled with delectable flavours”
“ … Restrained lusciousness with a lingering finish."
“ … Concentrated, with gentle sweetness … good acid spine”
“ … The palate has a very supple and succulent feel … Very complex texture. Superb.”
“ … crisp but not high acidity, … A very harmonious wine, it’s delicious …”
“ … long, fluid build of concentrated citrus and stone fruit flavours. Terrific depth”
"North Canterbury is one of the world’s great Riesling regions … To call this wine ‘iconic’ is to wildly understate the greatness of both the region and of the winemaker….”
“...irresistibly delicious … sumptuous palate … excellent depth and intensity … balanced and harmonious”
“… Rich, concentrated and flavoursome Riesling … Sweetness is balanced by fruity acidity and fine tannins. A powerful wine with character.”
“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 …”
“Very nice balance for a Spätlese style of wine. Real refreshment and vitality. Nice savoury undertow. Racy and with good length.”
“ Very aromatic bouquet … very fresh, lively - dancing on the palate …”
“ … The wine carries smoothly to an elegant, long lingering finish. … elegantly rich and luscious medium Riesling … a fine-textured, refreshing palate. …”
“…is a soft, rich, medium Riesling with exotic flavours of limes, honey and musk."
“ A richly-textured wine with benchmark varietal flavours.”
“ … beguiling core of intensity and complexity … A delicious example of Riesling … ”
This distinctive style of Riesling is jam-packed with honey, tree fruit/apricot and orange marmalade flavours (among many others). . . .
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.”
“… 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.”
“…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. . . ."
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.
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