Pegasus Bay 2016 Sauvignon Semillon and ‘Aria’ Late Picked Riesling


The 2016 growing season in North Canterbury will be remembered along with 2015 as particularly favourable, between two cooler and wetter years. The 2015s are very classical, and the 2016s initially gave a large fruit set which required work to get yields to a desirable level. What ensued was a "perfect summer” according to the Donaldson family at Pegasus Bay, and the extended warm autumn gave superb physiologically ripe grapes that could be harvest will no pressure at all. Here, I review two wines, at opposite ends of the sweetness spectrum which show the 2016 vintage, the Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend, and the ‘Aria’ Late Picked Riesling.


  • Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley North Canterbury Sauvignon/Semillon 2016
  • Pegasus Bay ‘Aria’ Waipara Valley North Canterbury Late Picked Riesling 2016

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