Expression Riesling 2019
Pale in the glass with intense tropical aromas of passionfruit and flowers, with notes of fresh lime and lemon. The palate is refreshing with bright acidity balanced by notes of sweetness with flavours of fresh apricot and white pepper developing minerality. The finish is flavourful and long with lingering acidity.
Enjoy on its own or pair with spicy foods to contrast or acidic foods to balance. A perfect compliment to pork or turkey with dried apricot stuffing with fresh herbs!Download Notes
VQA Niagara Peninsula
13th Street Vineyard
BRIX AT HARVEST
Wine, like art, is an expression. An expression of the winemaker’s style, the vineyard’s terroir, the grape variety, and your taste.
Our Expression Riesling is a blend of our four estate vineyards in Creek Shores, created to showcase both a perfect Expression of Niagara Riesling and also of our winemaker’s style! The grapes were harvested in mid-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 September 2020.
After a fairly cold winter, mild weather began in March, but it was some time until real warm weather began, giving the growing season a slow and wet start. The summer was quite warm and allowed for full phenolic maturity in all varieties. Harvest started in the second week of September for sparkling and was quickly followed by early ripening whites such as Pinot Gris, followed by Chardonnay and Riesling at the end of September and early October. The temperatures were mild but a bit wet, so Pinot Noir and Gamay were also harvested early October followed by Cabernet Franc in late October. There was a snowstorm in mid November, so yields were reduced on Cabernet Sauvignon which was harvested in late November. The quality of the grapes was very good to excellent with high acidity and concentrated flavours throughout the portfolio. Wines should have the capacity to age for the medium to long term.