2006 Pegasus Bay Riesling and Pinot Noir

Waipara is a picturesque valley just 45-minutes north of Christchurch, and the first thing you’ll notice here is acres of grapevines. This is one of New Zealand’s premier wine regions, with Pinot Noir and Riesling grapes doing especially well in the region.

It is no surprise then, that Riesling and Pinot Noir are also the two star varieties at Pegasus Bay, located within the Waipara Valley. At a recent wine-tasting over at a friend's, I had the pleasure of trying the 2006 Pegasus Bay Riesling and Pinot Noir, which were both rather outstanding and memorable.

Warm days and cool nights in the region results in ripe, rich fruit while retaining knife-edge acidity in the Riesling, which had a lovely lemon hue, with citrus notes coming to the forefront and a background of stone fruits, spice and honey. The wine was full-bodied and crisp with solid acidity that would go well with oily fishes such as salmon, seafood, and would also hold up to a number of Asian dishes.

The Pegasus Bay Pinot was earthy and rich, with plenty of ripe berry characters and gamey undertones that gives this wine complexity and depth. This is an elegant, expressive and imminently drinkable wine, good on its own or with cheeses and some meat.


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