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Bel Canto Dry Riesling, Pegasus Bay



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Key features

Grape VarietyRiesling

CountryNew Zealand


StyleAromatic & Zesty


RegionWaipara, North Canterbury


A La Nina pattern in the South Pacific produced an excellent season. The hand selected fruit for this late harvest riesling, which was grown in mineral rich stony soil, had at least 30% beautifully raisined botrytis. It was fermented at low temperatures, a portion being by the action of the fruits indigenous yeasts in large old oak vats. On release the wine has a bright lemon hue. The aromas and flavours suggest lemons, limes, nectarines and peaches, with a hint of passionfruit. It is rich and powerful in the mouth but yet remains elegant, tight knit and focused. There is a spine of minerality and crisp acidity which flow through the palate and draw out its length. While ready to drink on release it can be expected to develop a further array of characters with careful cellaring, especially those suggesting mandarin, orange and apricot.

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