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+.
Type: White Wines
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $40 NZD
Value for Money: AV
This wine is a Potential Classic.
When to drink: 2023
Vintage: 2020; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 22 – 24
Vintage: 2019; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 22 – 23
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.
Reviewed March 2022