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Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Dry Riesling 2017

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Pegasus Bay’s Bel Canto Dry Riesling from North Canterbury in New Zealand is a really elegant dry Riesling from the warm 2017 vintage; rich and rounded in texture, it tastes of citrus fruits with subtle apricot and ginger. A beautiful wine!

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Wine Style

White Wine, Aromatic White

Grape Variety


Wine Region

North Canterbury


New Zealand






No, Screwcap


Vegan, Certified Sustainable



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I thought the 2015 vintage of this wine was an outstanding wine, a “Wow wine”, but this Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Riesling 2017 is just as impressive. It’s a remarkable wine that perfectly captures the characteristics of the 2017 vintage in the North Canterbury region of New Zealand. Warm days and cool nights that help balance the ripeness of the grapes with the refreshing acidity are the norm for these vineyards but in 2017 following the warm summer months, there were perfect conditions for the development of noble botrytis, which is essential for this wine’s structure, richness and full body. Cool fermentation ensured the fruit purity was retained. On the nose, this wine presents strong citrus aromas of ripe lime and orange zest with floral notes of orange blossom shining through. On the palate, the wine is dry, crisp and refreshing, with well-balanced acidity that accentuates the fruit flavours. The palate is dominated by citrus flavours of lime and grapefruit, with hints of apricot and ginger. The texture of the wine is silky and luxurious, and the finish is lingering and dry. A really beautiful Riesling that will continue to evolve gracefully with age.


Raymond Chan who sadly passed away described Riesling as one of the two “signature varieties of the Waipara Valley in North Canterbury” and Pegasus Bay as “leaders” in its production. Often in wine-making the aim is to express the terroir of a single vineyard but not with this wine because according to the winemaker at Pegasus Bay, Mat Donaldson, although single sites in the region do show an individual character and terroir, not all of them are worthy of capturing and expressing. Raymond Chan describes the style of this wine as “particularly connected with the tastes of the sophisticated consumer”.

How to enjoy this wine

Chilled this makes an amazing aperitif. Foods that dry Rieslings are well suited to include shellfish, fish generally but especially smoked fish and oily fish. Rich creamy dishes. Mild dishes – don’t try anything too hot or chilli-flavoured with a dry Riesling as the heat will kill the beautiful fruit flavours of the wine. Asparagus and artichokes can both be very tricky to pair with wine but are perfect with a dry Riesling.


Serve at: 10 – 12°C

Producer's Notes

“The colour is lemon-straw. On the nose there is an abundance of citrus, in particular the orange zest that is such a regional feature of North Canterbury Rieslings. There are also aromas of apricot, ginger and spice. The long hang time and influence of botrytis has resulted in a wine that is rich and full bodied, with ripe phenolics that add structure and length. It is mouth filling, yet balanced with refreshing acidity and a dry finish.”


19/20 points – Drinksbiz Magazine
““Bel Canto is one of New Zealand’s greatest Rieslings from the outstanding Pegasus Bay team in North Canterbury … Drinks very nicely now and will reward time in the cellar.”


96/100 points – The Real Review
“… Very complex. The palate is rich and full-flavoured, intense and expansive It’s quite Alsatian in style: powerful, concentrated and rewarding.“


95/100 – Cameron Douglas MW
“… As the wine opens up the complexity builds keeping pace with flavour concentration and texture. Delicious!”

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