June’s Vineyard Riesling 2020
Almost colourless in the glass with intense aromas of lime zest, wild flowers, fresh lemon, honeydew melon and flint. On the palate it is focussed and complex, just off-dry with balancing acidity and flavours of green apple, lime, honey and stony minerality, with a long, refreshing finish.
Enjoy with Thai green curry, Lake Ontario pickerel with lime beurre blanc or shaved fennel salad.Download Notes
VQA Creek Shores
BRIX AT HARVEST
June’s Vineyard is a unique site with significant quantities of decomposed yellow limestone amongst the clay loam soils giving the wines an extra dimension of stony minerality on top of the ripe fruit and flowery aromas. Named after one of the owners of the winery, this site which was planted in 1999, continues to deliver exceptional Riesling and Chardonnay making two of the most distinctive wines in our portfolio. Clone 49 Riesling is an old clone which was popular in Alsace, France for many years. Its trademarks are exceptional fruit and floral character. The grapes were harvested in early-October and immediately pressed into stainless steel tanks for a cool fermentation which was stopped to retain balancing residual sugar. The wine was lightly fined and filtered before bottling in May 2021.
Winter of 2020 started with warmer than average temperatures from January through March followed by a cooler than average April. Bud break was in the second and third week of May. From thereon, temperatures increased and the summer months were above average temperatures with little precipitation, allowing for full phenolic development. Harvest remained dry and sunny with cool nights, important for maintaining acidity. There was little to no disease pressure, resulting in clean and ripe fruit. Harvest started in the second week of September with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay for sparkling, followed quickly by aromatic whites and then later ripening whites. Gamay was the first red variety harvested in early-to-mid October followed closely by Pinot Noir and Merlot. Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon were the last varieties to be harvested, taking place the last week of October through early November. Berry size was recognized to be smaller than previous years with an intense dark colour, suggesting the potential for increased concentration of flavour and colour extraction. The quality of the grapes was very good to excellent throughout the portfolio. Wines should have the capacity to age for the medium to long term.
John Szabo, MS, WineAlign
2020 marks a clean, fragrant, well-made vintage for the June's Vineyard riesling, offering an appealing mix of both citrus and orchard fruit, all on the fresher side, without notable, extrusive lees influence or oxidative character - the package is contained and fresh. The palate is essentially dry, finishing on a properly acidulated taste, with solid length. All in all, a classic Niagara riesling, representative, well made. Drink or hold 4-6 years - riesling in this style always lasts well. Tasted November 2022.
David Lawrason, WineAlign
I was reminded while tasting this spiffy little number what good value Niagara riesling can be. This is a bright, brisk, just off dry example with lifted aromas of peach-apricot, honey, a hint of petrol and candle wax. It is light to medium, bodied, very zesty, mineral and lemony with excellent length. Pretty classic. Tasted Nov 2022