Pegasus Bay ARIA Late Harvest Riesling 2018, North Canterbury

Sweet Wine from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 13-Apr-2021
Bright, pale yellow-gold, even colour throughout. Brilliant aroma on the nose, gently-opening, nuances of ginger, honeysuckle, melded with apricot, mandarin, orange marmalade. Medium-bodied, sweet to taste, enticing aromas of apricot, mandarin and lime have a pure core, orange zest and marmalade unveil, along with honey, honeysuckle and a lasting hint of ginger. The wine is refreshing and uncloying, supported by mouthwatering acidity, carry this flavoursome nectar through the palate with ease. Botrytis affected grapes contribute to the concentration of flavour, flaunting lush fruit and richness. This has a less than usual 72 g/l RS for Aria (usually 120 g/l RS), bringing a brilliantly refreshing palate with the usual complexity. Match with chicken liver parfait and bacon butty for your guilty pleasure over the next 10+ years. Late-harvested Riesling, selected bunches with between 30-50% botrytis, fermented cool to 11% alc. 19.5-/20 pts (97 pts) Apr 2021 RRP $42

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