2020 Pegasus Bay Aria Late Picked Riesling


Aria is part of Pegasus Bay’s "Reserve Series" and only made in exceptional years that are favourable for the development of noble botrytis.

After an extended hang time, the bunches were hand selected with a portion of between 30-50% botrytis. The grapes were then gently pressed, and the juice fermented slowly at cool temperatures to help the wine retain its vibrant fruit characters and varietal purity.

At all stages, from fermentation to bottling, it was handled very carefully to help retain a little of its naturally dissolved carbon dioxide. This has resulted in a small amount of spritz, which adds extra liveliness to the wine and accentuates its freshness.

“Luscious and sumptuous … richly textured palate that’s dazzling and delectable. Gorgeously sweet with excellent balance and harmony, offering terrific drinking” - 96 Points, Sam Kim Orbit

Tasting Note: Upon release it has a bright gold tint. On the nose there is a rich tapestry of citrus and floral aromas, honeysuckle, rose petal and orange blossom interwoven with lemon curd, lime sherbet and a steely, mineral core. The taste is a zesty fusion of sweet and sour, a wonderfully flavoursome palate, complete with succulent fruit intensity, a rich honeyed mouthfeel, and a rousing whip of acidity. Vibrant and dynamic, it sets the platform for a sustained and moreish finish.

Origin: New Zealand

Blend: Riesling

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Scores and Awards

96 Points: Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
95 Points: Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
94 Points: Stephen Bennett MW & Lynnette Hudson
94 Points: Cameron Douglas MS


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Pegasus Bay

The Donaldson Family have been seriously involved in viticulture and winemaking for over 40 years. Founder Ivan Donaldson planted one of Canterbury’s first vineyards in 1976 and went on to establish Pegasus Bay in 1986 with his wife Christine.

It is a true family business, with all four of their sons now involved.

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