- New Zealand
- ABV 13.5
- Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass
18.5/20 Points – Raymond Chan “Bright, full, medium yellow-gold, even colour throughout. The nose is full and complex, with marmalade, citrus preserve, dried apricot, honeysuckle, beeswax, ginger and nutmeg aromas. Full-bodied, off-dry to taste, aromas of lemon preserve, dried apricot intertwined with marmalade, honeysuckle, unfolding beeswax, crystalised ginger and nutmeg. The wine is complex, rich and refreshing; the acidity provides vitality and tension, buoyant spices linger to an extended finish. This 10-year-old Riesling shows strength and complex development with excellent concentration and length. Match with spice-rubbed pork ribs and Korean fried chicken over the next 5 years.”
Pegasus Bay Aged Release Riesling 2013
Waipara, New Zealand
Due to its protection from cool, Pacific breezes from the east by the Treviotdale Range and it’s gravel soils with large, heat radiating stone, Waipara has an unusually long ripening period with warm days and cool nights. These conditions promote a high level of ripening, with grapes that are intensely flavoured.
Pegasus Bay have a strong belief in minimal intervention and sustainable vineyard practices and is an accredited member of the NZWG sustainable viticulture program, employing completely natural methods of disease and pest control and clarify their wines by natural settling. Awarded the highest 5 star “outstanding” rating by Robert Parker and considered by Neal Martin as “one of New Zealand’s best producers” they have received countless praise and high ratings by the critics.
Their Chardonnay is produced using traditional Burgundian winemaking methods, fermented in large oak puncheons, 70% of which are old so as not to impart too much oak flavour, followed by a further 12 month maturation. Their estate
Pinot Noir is produced from various blocks that were harvested at different times to give varied fruit profile which are individually fermented and matured separately for 22 months in 40% new oak barriques made by Burgundian coopers.
The Prima Donna is only made in exceptional years from the best barrels of the oldest vines. They also produce sensational Riesling, the Bel Canto Riesling is produced from bunches that have been affected by at least 30% Botrytis which maxi... mises the intensity of flavour and concentration.
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