The Donaldson Family, who have been seriously involved in viticulture and winemaking for over 40 years, have been setting aside each year a few cases of their key varieties - Riesling and Pinot Noir – with the intention of releasing them 10 years later; this practice has been taking place every vintage since 2006 with a release date of around August each year. The inspiration for this came from the desire to offer customers the opportunity to taste these wines in full maturity, something that is relatively rare these days. Pegasus Bay consider ten years to be a very satisfying time to experience these wines with the added complexities of bottle age, while still offering years of good drinking ahead. Pegasus Bay is an accredited member of the NZWG sustainable viticulture programme and firmly believe in the principles of using natural methods to counteract pests and diseases, rather than the application of unnecessary pesticides and herbicides. Structure and texture are hallmarks of the estate’s highly individual wines.
Donaldson Family Pegasus Bay Riesling 2009
Produced from low yields of optimally ripened, high quality, flavourful grapes: fully expressive of the free draining, low-fertility, glacially formed soils. Extended “hang time” and picking the grapes where possible with a small proportion of noble botrytis results in a bouquet packed full of citrus, particularly orange zest that so defines North Canterbury Rieslings. Hints of stone-fruit, lychees, pineapple and tropical spices makes for a satisfyingly concentrated wine, which is off-set by a core of minerality and tangy acidity. Exclusively for us in the UK!