2018 Pegasus Bay Aria Late Picked Riesling

Canterbury, NZ

A sweet and luscious dessert-style Riesling from NZ that will age gracefully


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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.

Pegasus Bay vineyard
Pegasus Bay vineyard
Canterbury, NZ
Additional Info

From the Producer


The grapes were picked in mid-May selecting bunches with between 30-50% botrytis. The grapes were then gently pressed and the juice fermented slowly at cool temperatures to help the wine retain its vibrant fruit characters and varietal purity. At all stages, from fermentation to bottling, it was handled very carefully to help retain a little of its natural carbon dioxide. This has resulted in a small amount of spritzig, which adds extra liveliness to the wine and accentuates its freshness.

Blend : Riesling (100%)
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Real Review

"Decadently luscious riesling with lime, honey, musk, apricot, stone fruits and delicately spicy flavours supported by crisp, mouth-watering acidity. Great with moderately sweet desserts or as an aperitif." - Bob Campbell (The Real Review)


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