PEGASUS BAY ARIA RIESLING NORTH CANTERBURY 16
The grapes were hand harvested during late May, selecting only bunches that had at least 30% noble botrytis. These were then gently pressed. The small volume of juice that was obtained was fermented slowly at cool temperatures in stainless steel 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 it retain a little of its natural carbon dioxide. This provides additional crispness and may result in a small amount of spritzig when first poured.
On release it has a bright lemon hue shot with hints of gold. The abundant aromas and flavours suggest limes, mandarins, peaches, cantaloupe melons and comb honey, with a hint of root ginger. While mouth filling and concentrated, it has a lively core of crisp acidity and minerality that provides a perfect foil to its lusciousness and draws out the lingering aftertaste. With careful cellaring this wine should develop extra complexity and depth over the next decade and live well beyond.
Source - Pegasus Bay