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Peregrine Riesling 2018

Peregrine Riesling2014

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Bright, fresh & mineral - everything you want in a Riesling. Lemon & lime flavours on the palate with a zesty mouthfeel. Elderflower characters come through with a crisp apple finish. 

Why we love it: 

All the things you love about Riesling and more.

Drink with: 

Any seafood dish.

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Tech

Sub-Region
Pisa / Bendigo
Blend Info.
100% Riesling
Alcohol by Vol.
12%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Serving Temp.
7 - 12 degrees
Closure
Screw cap

Producer

Peregrine

The McLachlan family have taken a hands on approach to every aspect of winemaking at ‘Peregrine Estates’ since its inception in 1998. Located in the southernmost grape growing region in the world, Peregrine is based in Central Otago, New Zealand. Passion for the land, treating it well and maximising what you can get out of it runs deep in the McLachlan family and has in turn become a hallmark trait of Peregrine as a business entity. 

Organic farming is the paramount practise to every aspect of ‘Peregrine Vineyard Estate’ with a holistic approach that encompasses crop management all they way down to vineyard maintenance. The vineyards at Peregrine are spread over three subregions: Pisa, Bendigo and Gibbston. The vineyards are nestled on north-facing sites in stunning river valleys over looking incredible lakes. 

The name Peregrine is an homage to New Zealand’s endemic Falcon - known as Karearea in Maori - and is a bird that embodies power, elegance and finesse and was the inspiration for the Peregrine wines. The two wines we stock here at Specialist Cellars are the ‘Peregrine Pinot Noir’ which is a layered, elegant and complex drop which truly shows the beauty of all the three subregions. Their Riesling embodies minerality, citrus and a kick-ass acid structure. 

To find out more about Peregrine and their wines you can visit their website here.

Region

Central Otago

Found at the extreme limits of winemaking, Central Otago is found at 44° and 45° south and is home to some of the most southerly vineyards the world has to offer. Boasting breathtaking landscapes and an extreme climate, the local economy has garnered global recognition for its merino wool. However, over the previous decade, the majority of land has been shifted away from pasture, to being under vine. In 1996 Otago only had 11 vineyards, while today the region has a legion over 100 strong. The incredibly balanced styles of wine that flow from the region aren’t something to be missed, with Central Otago being the first in the world to challenge Burgundy’s production of Pinot Noir.

Central Otago’s four primary sub-regions are Wanaka, Gibbston, Bannockburn and Alexandra. While all are situated relatively close together and each has the same stony free-draining soil base, their full profiles vary immensely, but are glacially derived and have rich deposits of mica and schist making it ideal for the production of Pinot Noir, which just happens to be 80% of the production there. The excellent drainage helps retain mineral richness whilst temperatures can vary from 30degrees during ripening days to only 8degrees overnight, this swift shift allows the grape ripening process to stop more suddenly overnight, thus retaining all the wonderful natural acidity and fruit concentration this region can offer, to us this provides Central Otago with an intensely fruit-forward character no other region of New Zealand can replicate. Autumn frosts are a risk here too, so it’s just as well the growers down here have their wits about them…