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Professional Ratings: 93 The Wine Advocate, 90 Wine Enthusiast
Region: New Zealand
Other Info: Screw Cap Wines
Item no. 93503
It has a star bright lemon hue and while lemons, limes and mandarins come to the fore there is a background of ripe stonefruit such as peaches and apricots. Honeysuckle and honeycomb influences come from botrytis, which has also made the wine more full bodied and concentrated. It has a spine of natural acidity and tingling minerality that help draw out the palate structure to a citrus zest finish.
Meanwhile the 2006 Riesling is a thrilling wine with touches of honeysuckle and limestone on the nose and a palate distantly related to the likes of JJ Prum or Willi Schaeffer. Although winemakers Matthew Donaldson and Lynette Hudson look as if they have just got in from an all-night rave, they are presently producing some of New Zealand’s most exhilarating, Burgundy inspired white wines, their reds suffused with earthy flavors. They are demonstrating the potential of the Canterbury wine region and constitute one of New Zealand’s best producers. Their whites are exhilarating and seem best between a year in bottle and around fiveyears
Pegasus Bay continues to push the ripeness envelope on its Rieslings. The 2006 is honeyed and rather sweet, with baked apple flavors at the core, surrounded by hints of spice and apricot. Lime-like acids seem a bit strident on the finish right now; give it a couple of years in the cellar.