About The Wine
The Pegasus Bay Aria Late Picked Riesling is a delicious dessert-style Riesling reminiscent of a French Sauternes, and as soon as you take the first whiff, you know you're in for something special.
Made by leaving the grapes to hang on the vine so that water evaporates and the sugars become more concentrated, the combination of botrytis-affected fruit means there's a luscious array of aromas and flavours: apricot, marmalade, honey, orange zest, blossom, ginger. Despite the long hanging time, acidity is still bright, ensuring that the wine isn't too cloying.
It is a great wine to pair with a range of desserts, particularly ones with fruit, cream, or pastry, and it will continue to develop its flavours for many more years.
About Pegasus Bay
Ivan Donaldson's journey into wine started in the 1970s. After receiving a wine-focused book from his girlfriend, Christine, they explored the vineyards of Europe and then returned to their home in New Zealand, planting one of the first vineyards in the Canterbury region. Ivan and Christine subsequently got married, and their story has become entwined with wine ever since.
The vineyard, planted in 1985, is home to an array of grapes, such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, with their reserve Pinot Noir – Prima Donna – receiving many very positive reviews for its incredible quality.