2016 Pegasus Bay Aria Riesling (Late Harvest) 750ml

95 Points Bob Campbell MW
In stock
A gorgeous lighter dessert wine from Waipara masters, Pegasus Bay. Grapes from a cool, mineral-rich vineyard were picked super ripe but clean (no botrytis), giving zingy flavours and acidity to balance the luscious honey, marmalade fruit and floral characters. Enjoy with lighter/fruit desserts or, like French Sauternes, before the meal. At 750mls this equals two bottles of 375ml sticky, so amateur mathemeticians may quietly note the stunning value here.
$41.99 in mixed 6+ or $46.99 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

95/100 Bob Campbell MW

"Luscious riesling with obvious honeyed botrytis influence together with peach, ripe apricot, spice and anise flavours. A delicious wine that can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with moderately sweet desserts. 11/1/2019." Drink 2019 - 2024

95/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim

"A magnificent offering; the gorgeous bouquet shows dried apricot, clover honey, marmalade and lemon peel aromas, followed by a delectably expressed palate that is delightfully sweet and silky. The wine offers fabulous fruit richness together with attractive complexity, brilliantly structured by bright acidity. Style: Medium-sweet. $40.00. www.pegasusbay.com. Jan 2019." Drink 2019 - 2024

5 Stars Michael Cooper

"Estate-grown at Waipara, the exquisite 2016 vintage (5*) is packaged in a full-sized (750-ml) bottle (the 2014 is in a half bottle). Bright yellow/green, it is beautifully harmonious, with rich, vibrant, citrusy, peachy flavours, showing good complexity, abundant sweetness (84.5 grams/litre of residual sugar), and a fresh, lasting finish. Hard to resist." Drink 2018 - 2032

Variety Riesling
Region Canterbury / Waipara
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 11.00%
Maturity 2018 - 2032

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