2024 tasting note to follow

“A true New Zealand classic ..."
- Stephen Wong MW, Wine Sentience, NZ
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
“ … Pegasus Bay’s rieslings remain New Zealand benchmarks …” 
- Dr Jo Burzynska, NZ

2021

94/100
“ … Aromatic and brilliant. Full body. Vivid and medium-sweet on the palate. Steely and clear.”
- James Suckling Wine Reviews, www.jamessuckling.com, USA

2020

94/100
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.”
- New Zealand Wine Rater, Stephen Bennett MW & Lynnette Hudson, NZ
92/100
The 2020 Riesling from Pegasus Bay is a succulent and satisfying mouthfeel … well balanced, running the gauntlet between austerity and sweetness, sweetly.”
- Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous
95/100
“Wonderfully fruited and immediately appealing Opulent yet harmonious long and luscious” 
- Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz, NZ
94/100
“Fantastic bouquet, pure, ripe, zesty and fresh … Delicious, fresh and just dry on the finish.” 
- Cameron Douglas MS, www.camdouglasms.com, NZ
95/100
“… Sweetness is nicely balanced by tangy acidity giving the wine an exquisite tension. Complex and concentrated.”
- Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, NZ
19/20
“ … This complex, heavy-weight Riesling is packed with flavours, concentration and a long, balanced drive
- Candice Chow, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, NZ
Classy stuffit is weighty and rich a very harmonious finish".
- Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooperwines.co.nz, NZ
93/100
“ … Articulate and rounded with the sweetness adding definition and depth … Delicious.
- James Suckling Wine Reviews, www.jamessuckling.com, USA

2019

94/100
“ … Quite rich, full bodied and flavoursome with a spritz element and a zesty finish.”
- New Zealand Wine Rater, Stephen Bennett MW & Lynnette Hudson, NZ
92/100
“… 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 …”
- Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous
19/20
“ … 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.”
- Joelle Thomson, Drinksbiz Magazine, NZ
95/100
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.” 
- Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz, NZ
95/100
“ … Delicious, fleshy and long.” 
- Cameron Douglas MS, www.camdouglasms.com, NZ
19-/20
“ … vibrant and refreshing multilayered richness and precision
- Candice Chow, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, NZ
“ … delicious wine is full of youthful impactRich and vibrant, …”
- Michael Cooper, Listener Magazine, NZ

2018

94/100

“ … rich, luscious unctuous. A big, bold, beautiful statement wine.”

- New Zealand Wine Rater, Stephen Bennett MW & Lynnette Hudson, NZ
16.5/20
“ … a distinctive wine with notable persistence".
- Julia Harding, www.jancisrobinson.com, UK
95/100
Gorgeously ripe and inviting awesome concentration … Splendidly harmonious and filled with delectable flavours” 
- Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz, NZ
94/100
“ … Restrained lusciousness with a lingering finish"
- Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, NZ

2017

“ … Concentrated, with gentle sweetness … good acid spine” 
- Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz, NZ
94/100

“ … The palate has a very supple and succulent feel … Very complex texture. Superb.

- Nick Stock, www.jamessuckling.com, USA

2016

“ … crisp but not high acidity, …   A very harmonious wine, it’s delicious …”
- Winestate Magazine, AUS
93/100
“ … long, fluid build of concentrated citrus and stone fruit flavours.  Terrific depth
- Nick Stock, www.jamessuckling.com, USA
18.5/20

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….”

- Joelle Thomson, Drinksbiz Magazine, NZ
95/100
“ ... irresistibly delicious … sumptuous palate … excellent depth and intensitybalanced and harmonious” 
- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, www.wineorbit.co.nz, NZ

2015

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, www.jamessuckling.com, USA
95/100
“… Rich, concentrated and flavoursome Riesling … Sweetness is balanced by fruity acidity and fine tannins. A powerful wine with character.”  
- Bob Campbell MW, www.bobcampbell.nz, NZ
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, www.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, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, NZ

2014

18.5/20
“…is a soft, rich, medium Riesling with exotic flavours of limes, honey and musk  “
- Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, NZ
93/100
A richly-textured wine with benchmark varietal flavours.”
- Bob Campbell MW, www.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, www.bobcampbell.nz, NZ
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, www.joellethomson.co.nz, 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, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, NZ

2012

19/20
“…This has developed some secondary nuance and is quite complete in expression.  …  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, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, 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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Licence Holder:Donaldson Family Limited T/A:Pegasus Bay Winery.
Licence no:57/OFF/458/2022 Exp:16/3/2025