2022 Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Dry Riesling

94 Points Cameron Douglas MS
In stock
This remarkable Riesling is dry but rounded, with lots of flavour and power. Such depth comes from a long ripening an a portion of shriveled or botrytised grapes, which contentrates the flavour while making them softer, more complex and more approachable even when young. This is an impressive wine to crack now with pork or chicken, or to soften further in the cellar.
$39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle



Its Origins

Located in arguably New Zealand's most exciting wine region of North Canterbury (more specifically, Waipara), albeit sparsely scattered with wine estates it is at the forefront of interesting and unique wines in NZ. This is due in part to a fabulous free-draining, well protected terroir. Pegasus Bay is run by the Donaldson family who were pioneers in the region and have been involved with local grape growing and winemaking since the 1970's. The whole family are involved in the process from grape to bottle, and a deep respect for the land, with a long term view towards vine and soil health typifies the Donaldson Family's approach to grape growing. Pegasus Bay is an accredited member of the NZWG sustainable viticulture program and are firm believers of using natural methods to combat pests and diseases rather than the application of unnecessary pesticides and herbicides.

What The Critics Say

94/100 Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier

"The Bel Canto style is immediately reflected in this new release example, showcasing a slick and vibrant bouquet of lemon rind and apple, a mix of marmalade and honeysuckle, mineral and fruit spice. On the palate all these flavours ideas explode throughout carried throughout the palate with a back bone of acidity and fine silky mouthfeel thereafter. Youthful and taut, a wine that will surely age well if cellared properly. Lengthy, fresh and ready to drink from today if you like, best from 2026 through 2035+."

94/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Erin Larkin

"The 2022 Bel Canto Dry Riesling leads with loquat, kumquat and orange rind. In the mouth, the wine is floral, detailed and full—it is actually quite wide, spreading to all corners of the mouth, leaving a trail of fine chalky texture in its wake. Really good. Textural. 14% alcohol, sealed under screw cap. Drink 2023-2032"

93/100 Bob Campbell MW

"Alsace-style riesling with apricot, lime, orange blossom, apple and oyster shell flavours. The wine is dry but not austere. It has energy and impressive complexity. Good drinking now but with the potential to develop well with bottle age. 07 JUL 2023." Drink 2023 - 2032

Variety Riesling
Region Canterbury / Waipara
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.00%
Maturity 2023 - 2035

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