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Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Dry Riesling 2019

With its large diurnal temperature range and long lingering autumns, North Canterbury is an ideal playground for Riesling, and the Pegasus Bay Bel Canto is a perfect example of this. After an extended hang time, the grapes were picked with a portion of noble botrytis. Once at the winery the free run juice was then fermented slowly at cool temperatures to help the wine retain its vibrant fruit characters and varietal purity. Alcoholic fermentation was left to continue until a residual sugar level of around 6 g/l was achieved. At all stages, the wine was handled very carefully to help retain a little of its natural carbon dioxide. This has resulted in a small amount of spritzing, which adds extra liveliness to the wine and accentuates its freshness. Upon release it is lemon straw in colour. The bouquet is an enticing medley of citrus and stone fruit, interspersed with floral notes of elderflower and honeysuckle. Layered beneath there are also hints of ginger, honey and spice. The long hang time and influence of botrytis has resulted in a wine that is rich and full bodied, with ripe phenolics that add structure and length. It is concentrated yet delicate, with invigorating acidity and a satisfyingly dry finish.

Wine File
Producer:
Pegasus Bay
Country:
New Zealand
Region:
Canterbury
Sub Region:
Waipara Valley
Style:
White Wine
Primary Grape(s):
Riesling
Bottle Size:
75cl
Alcohol:
13.5%
Closure:
Screw Cap
Contains Sulphites:
Yes
Units Per Bottle:
10.13
£25.00

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