Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Dry Riesling, Waipara 2014


Waipara Valley, New Zealand

750ml / 14.5% ABV 

Grape Variety: Riesling

94 Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

A very powerful and essence-like expression of pickled lime, preserved lemon and baked peach fruits. The structure is impeccably judged, reining in massive amounts of flavor perfectly.

There is a tantalising array of aromas and flavors reminiscent of nectarine, peach, apricot, and citrus fruits, particularly mandarin, orange, and lime. A floral element gives hints of honeysuckle and orange blossom. On the palate, it is big boned, muscular and spicy with lingering impressions of mango and crushed ginger that draw out the aftertaste and complement its zingy minerality and crisp acidity. While ready to drink on release it can be expected to develop a range of other exciting nuances with careful cellaring.

A good accompaniment to duck, bacon, chicken, shrimp, and crab.



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