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1998 Pegasus Bay - Riesling Late Picked Aria Riesling - New Zealand - Canterbury - White

New Zealand - Canterbury

White Riesling
Drink Dates
Comm: 2000-2008 VF: 1999-2002

Author toddr
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 04/10/2009
Drink Dates 2000-2008

Quite browned, but 'saved' by not having a strong concentration of colour like the 1999 or 2000. Therefore the lightest of the 3. Raisins most evident on nose, with hints of honey, marmalade and musk. The lightest of the 3 on the palate, too. However, in contrast to the 1999 this grand old lady has aged gracefully, and the experience is all better for it. Much like looking a weathered old black and white photo of some beauty from another age, one can appreciate the beauty of what once was, but is (sadly) no more. Without the romantic descriptions one might be tempted to use terms like 'overtly raisined', 'flat', 'slightly cloying' but I shan't disrespect her in that way.

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