93 Points -  James Suckling jamessuckling.com
"Perfumed nose of white peaches, honeysuckle, apple blossom, lemon curd, marmalade and honey. Full-bodied and sweet, yet fresh, with sharp acidity and bright, zesty character. Excellent balance."

The Donaldson Family have been seriously involved in viticulture and winemaking for over 40 years. Founder Ivan Donaldson planted the first Canterbury vineyard in 1976 and went on to establish Pegasus Bay in 1986 with his wife Christine. It is a true family business, with all four of their sons now involved.

The grapes were picked in mid-May to select 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.

Upon release the colour is bright lemon. The bouquet is a tantalising patchwork of apricot, marmalade, honey and orange zest, interwoven with fl oral notes and a lick of ginger. The botrytis has added concentration and richness, yet there is a refreshing zestiness backed with bright acidity that teases the palate, ensuring the wine remains lively and well balanced, with a prolonged finish.

(EUR111020)

Country:

New Zealand

Region:

Waipara

Variety:

Riesling

Style:

Dessert wines

Winemaker:

Matt Donaldson

Closure:

Screwcap

ABV

11%

Bottle size:

750ml

Fruit:

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Body:

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Sweetness:

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Acidity:

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Food Match:

Desserts, Thai dishes

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