NZ-Wide Delivery Free Shipping in Chch for orders over $150 Free Shipping in Chch for Orders Over $150.00 Free Shipping in Chch for $150+ Buy Online & Pick Up In-Store
Sale!

PEGASUS BAY BEL CANTO DRY RIESLING 2020

Outstanding Cameron Douglas MS
96 Points
5 Stars Sam Kim
5 Stars Raymond Chan
5 Stars
Fine Wines of New Zealand

“Another captivating Bel Canto from the PB team.”

  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Grape: 100% Riesling

$37.99 elsewhere $44.99

“Another captivating Bel Canto from the PB team.”

In stock

Quantity:
Map of New Zealand NZ-Wide
Delivery
DeliveryFree Shipping
Chch Orders $150.00+
Wine ShopBuy Online
Instore Pick up

Selected for the 2020 Fine Wines of New Zealand List


Pegasus Bay have an illustrious history with Riesling and would have to be considered as one of New Zealand's very top Riesling producers and many peoples favourite. From vines that are now over 30 years old, Bel Canto is Pegasus Bay's 'dry Riesling' and although technically dry at only 5 grams per litre of residual sugar it offers a wonderfully rich, complex and luscious palate. 


Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"​Settled weather over flowering provided a healthy fruit set, which was then thinned back to desired levels. The ensuing summer was dry with very little rain, resulting in perfectly ripened small berries full of intense flavour and concentration. Thankfully, our harvest was able to proceed during the C-19 lockdown, and an unbroken autumn full of warm days meant each variety was picked at its optimum ripeness.

With its large diurnal range and long lingering autumns, North Canterbury is an ideal playground for Riesling, and Bel Canto is a perfect example of this.  This wine is part of our reserve series, which we only make in exceptional years that are favourable for the development of noble botrytis.  After an extended hang time, the bunches were hand selected with a portion of botrytis and a ripeness of approximately 25.5 Brix.

Upon release it is lemon-straw in colour.  An enticing array of aromas swell from the glass, orange zest, quince, and melon, supported by beeswax, blossom, sweet spices and a touch of flint.  The palate is full bodied and richly textured, with a pleasing mouthfeel and ripe phenolics that add structure and length.  While concentrated, the wine still possesses a fresh and lively tension, it’s refreshing acidity delivering a long harmonious finish."


5 Stars & 96/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, December 2021 (2020 Vintage)
"Impressively complex and engaging with golden apple, toasted spice, orange peel and potpourri aromas, it's powerful yet graceful with excellent weight and persistency. Richly textured and mouthfilling, it's brilliantly structured by firm acidity, finishing superbly long and flavoursome. Style: Dry. At its best: now to 2032."


Rated Outstanding & 95/100 Cameron Douglas MS, October 2021 (2020 Vintage)
"Distinctive, floral, aromatic and classic with aromas of lime-flower and blossoms, honeysuckle and a botrytis tickle. A silky texture as the wine touches the palate with immediately contrasting acidity then flavours of lime and lemon, apple and honeysuckle. The botrytis accentuates concentration and honeyed fruit flavours carried by acidity and youthful vigor. A delicious wine, drinkable today and in ten years or more. Ideal window is from late 2023 through 2030+."


5 Stars Yvonne Lorkin, October 2021 (2020 Vintage)
"Grown on the Glasnevin gravels in the lee of the Teviotdale Range, Pegasus Bay’s riesling vines are 30+ yrs old now and each year they strap in to help the Donaldson family create one of New Zealand’s most age-worthy wines. Named after matriarch Christine Donaldson and her superlative singing skills, this wine erupts with orange zest, honeysuckle, layers of lime and quartzy minerality resulting in a dry, lipsmacking finish."


4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2020 Vintage)
"Bel Canto means 'Beautiful Singing'. Based on the estate's mature, ungrafted vines at Waipara, in North Canterbury, the 2020 vintage (4.5*) was late-harvested with 'a good portion of noble botrytis'. Bright, light lemon/green, it is very weighty (14.5 per cent alcohol/volume), with concentrated, youthful, peachy, vaguely honeyed flavours, and a dryish (6.8 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish. A very distinctive, powerful wine, it should be long-lived; best drinking 2023+."


5 Stars & 19+/20 (96) Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Reviews, October 2021 (2020 Vintage)
"Bright, pale yellow with a gold hue and some depth, even colour throughout. The nose is full and complex, filled the glass with aromas of lilies, beeswax, honey, unfolding mandarin, grapefruit zest, melon, along with ginger spice. Full-bodied, dry to taste, intense aromas packed on the palate. Mandarin, lemon, grapefruit zest melded with plush melon, unfolding beeswax, honey, white lilies and a spicy layer of ginger dusting. The fruit is rich and concentrated, enriched by the complexing characters of botrytised grape, showing profound nuances of beeswax, honey and white lilies. The ginger spice layer has clarity, elevated by integrated, mouthwatering acidity. A slightly unctuous mouthfeel retains complex flavours and contributes to an opulent appeal. This complex flavour bomb made from Riesling with a portion of botrytis infected grapes shows a sophisticated range of flavours with depth and intensity. Match with pan-fried chicken liver and squid ink pasta over the next 5-8 years. Only produced in exceptional years, with a portion of botrytis, cool-fermented to 14.5% alc, 6.9g/l RS."

We provide a door to door delivery service nationwide. Delivery charges are calculated on a 12 bottle case or part there of.

Delivery charges are calculated during the checkout process. Please ensure you choose the correct delivery region. We will advise you if you have chosen the incorrect delivery region.

You may also choose to 'pick up' your order from our wine shop at 188 Durham Street South, Christchurch.

For further details on prices and delivery options please go to the Delivery & Returns section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that it may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on (03) 3655134.

Note, for orders of 1 - 2 bottles we charge an additional $3 for packaging. To ensure the safety of the bottles we use specially designed posting boxes.

Can't find what you're looking for or we don't have enough product in stock? Get in touch with us and we'll see what we can do.

  • 5 star review  Great service. Great selection, can buy with confidence. Very competitive pricing. Very quick delivery service.

    thumb Duncan Hurren
    February 22, 2021

    5 star review  Always good just go in and expand your wine vocabulary

    thumb Cameron Hood
    January 21, 2021

    5 star review  Best wine shop in NZ, the staff are amazing and the selection is outstanding. Don't risk buying unknown wines at the supermarket, go to these expert guys and get hooked up with the best options possible relative to your taste.

    thumb Mary Oreally
    March 1, 2020
  • 5 star review  Best wine shop in Christchurch! Caters to all tastes and budgets. Be prepared to spend a while in this store as the options are endless. The staff are very knowledgeable and their recommendations/reviews are spot on. I do not bother buying wine from anywhere else and if i'm in a rush - simply order it online. 10/10

    thumb Scarlett-Jean Pearcy
    June 16, 2021

    5 star review  Amazing selection and value, super quick delivery

    thumb Adam Stait
    December 21, 2020

    5 star review  Great selection of wine. Good specials

    thumb Maxwell Giles
    September 8, 2020
  • 5 star review  Very helpful, help out at my dinner party a lot. Would recommend

    thumb leo he
    October 25, 2019

    5 star review  Absolutely fantastic experience with Vino Fino for our wedding. They do offer a free chiller trailer with large orders but unfortunately someone got in just before us to have that on our wedding weekend. The staff are lovely and helpful, we had wonderful interactions with Paul, Dean and James. We did not have any idea of what we wanted to supply to our guests but the recommendations made were top notch and the guests loved them. The amount recommended worked out well for us, they work with your budget and they have a buy back option if you do not use all the wine. Would recommend for events or if you do not know wines like us and you are looking for recommendations.

    thumb Kiara Walsh
    March 22, 2020

    5 star review  Best selection of wine in Christchurch. Reasonable prices too.

    thumb Michael Ambler
    May 3, 2021
  • 5 star review  Great wine selection at good prices

    thumb Martin Hediger
    September 1, 2020

    5 star review  Best in town, price, quality, know how

    thumb Kahu Simmonds
    December 23, 2019

    5 star review  Love the selection and help they offer to people like myself with less expertise. These guys are experts and their product, service and selection is some of the best in town.

    thumb Preston Hegel
    September 3, 2019
  • 5 star review  Great selection has wine for my partner and craft beers for me

    thumb daniel robson
    March 6, 2021

    5 star review  Not only do they sell delicious wine at great prices, but the owners of the store couldn't be more lovely. We had to cancel our wedding twice due to covid-19 and they have been amazing in helping us return and sell our alcohol. They have gone above and beyond. Highly recommend.

    thumb gracyqq
    October 14, 2020

    5 star review  Great wine - and always some good specials. Knowledgeable, friendly staff. Good onsite parking and good hours, also very prompt delivery service. Allow returns for unopened bottles for bulk buying, e.g. functions.

    thumb Helen Gardner
    December 18, 2021
  • 5 star review  Just such a great range of wines and great prices. Never let's one down

    thumb Anthony Davoren
    September 5, 2020

    5 star review  Great selection of wine for excellent price. Also very nice and helpful customer service. Definitely I'll became a regular customer from now on.

    thumb Lourenço Bueno
    November 13, 2019

    5 star review  First class service and extremely knowledgeable and helpful staff. My go to for any occasion. Highly recommended.!

    thumb rvandereb
    January 28, 2020
  • 5 star review  It was my frist time to this shop i have every seen so much wine in one shop. All prices not to bad for the drifferent varieties of wine. Great service a busy wee shop. Worth a look at you really cant go wrong.

    thumb Raewyn Griffiths
    December 28, 2019

    5 star review  Excellent service. We wanted to bring wine from NZ homw to Europe, but shipping rates were so high and shipping times were so long that we decided to take it on the plane instead. The team here helped us package up 18 bottles of different wines we had tasted at wineries in Central Ontago and Malbourgh for a flight and everything arrived safely to Europe. Many, many thanks. We have some happy friends and family now!

    thumb Daniela S
    July 13, 2020

    5 star review  I live in the UK for me a great way to send wine to my son and his family they have a great section, delivery, and a pleasureto deal with.

    thumb Shirley Hoare
    June 21, 2020
  • 5 star review  In business for 26, this is a fascinating wine emporium. The selection is truly surprising.

    thumb Loic Byng Talys
    November 4, 2019

    5 star review  Bought all these wines from there , They give you advise regarding wines , Highly impressed

    thumb Neil kapadia
    October 12, 2020

    5 star review  Dear Vino Fino, you guys rock! I ordered a couple of cases of wine this morning & they were here by lunchtime…not that I needed a wine then…no, really I didn’t. Thanks for the consistently amazing service & great prices. Note dear reader:I’m not being paid to write this; just a happy regular.

    thumb Tania Finn Angelo
    February 17, 2022
  • 5 star review  This is the only place to get a good bottle of wine and great advice

    thumb Hilton Solomon
    May 6, 2021

    5 star review  Lots of wines to select from. Great customer service! We picked up about 10 bottles to bring home.

    thumb Jiawen L.
    January 11, 2020

    5 star review  Best wine shop in Christchurch. Excellent range from NZ and overseas, great weekly specials and staff picks. Free delivery in Christchurch for 6 bottles or more, or drive in pick up option. I like that I can place an order online and pay with Eftpos on pick up.

    thumb Lisa Sanger
    February 4, 2022
  • 5 star review  Great selection of domestic and international wines at pretty good prices. Very good product knowledge from all staff.

    thumb David Hines
    October 2, 2019

    5 star review  Amazing customer service. Vino Fino arranged a gift wrapped, hand delivered, chilled bottle of champagne for the morning of my best friends wedding, as I was stuck in the UK with COVID. A beautiful gift. It was like nothing was too much trouble for them. I was even able to dictate a small message. Thank you for your excellent service!

    thumb Laura Thomson
    April 9, 2022

    5 star review  In business for 26 years , this is a fascinating wine emporium. The selection is truly surprising.

    thumb Loic Byng Talys
    November 18, 2019

KEEP IN TOUCH FOR WEEKLY SPECIALS, NEW RELEASES & INSTORE TASTINGS

Vino Fino