Pegasus Bay Riesling 2008
A simply stunning library released Riesling from one of New Zealand's best wineries
The Donaldson family have been seriously involved in wine since the early 1970’s and were pioneers of local grape growing and wine making. Their aim is to grow grapes of the highest quality, which fully express the features of the vineyard, and to handle these with the utmost respect. Minimal intervention at all stages from vine to bottle typifies their approach. They believe in traditional sustainable viticultural management, low crop levels, minimal handling of fruit during processing and gentle pressing. Pegasus Bay vineyard is situated within the Waipara Valley, guaranteeing maximum protection from the Pacific's easterly breezes by being tucked up under the lee of the Teviotdale Range.
"The 2008 Riesling was made with about 70% botrytis infected fruit – an unusually high proportion. As a result, it has more alcohol and weight than normal for this wine. It certainly has a very expressive nose, with pronounced honey and musk notes over warm grapefruit and orange blossom plus a whiff of damp earth. The positive effects of the botrytis really come through on the palate with a good amount of sweetness and crisp acid, finishing long and layered. Drinking now, it should cellar to 2019+."
The 2008 vintage of Pegasus Bay Riesling is particularly interesting because some of the grapes developed a touch of botrytis, which fortunately then shrivelled and turned noble concentrating the wonderful flavours. This is a delicious almost Alsatian style Riesling with a lovely sweetness which is balanced with a streak of acidity. The 10 years aging in cellar at the winery has allowed this wine time to develop those honeyed, marmalade like characters alonside the lovely floral and stonefruit flavours.
|Country Of Origin||New Zealand|
|Serving Suggestion||Serve Chilled|
|Food Pairing||Asian, Cajun, Poultry|