- APPELLATION: VQA Niagara Peninsula
- VINEYARD(S): Various
- GRAPE VARIETY(IES): 65% Riesling, 35% Viognier
- BRIX AT HARVEST: Average of 20.9
- ALCOHOL CONTENT: 12.5%
- RESIDUAL SUGAR: 12 grams – just off-dry
A flavourful, thirst- quenching and juicy white. Enjoy alone, lightly chilled, as the perfect aperitif for friends and family on weekend visits or after a hard day’s work when the summertime sun calls for a flavourful, thirst- quenching and juicy white. Will pair well with steamed shellfish and mollusks, composed salads, fish and chips, Asian-inspired summer dishes and fresh or mild cheeses.
At the core of this wine, Riesling provides bright, refreshing acidity and pristine floral and citrus notes, while Viognier adds richness, exotic fruit and spice notes. The result is a wine that is both perfumed and flavourful yet balanced, with bright, youthful acidity and freshness. Both varieties are harvested separately when fully ripe and are then crushed and de-stemmed before pressing into individual stainless steel tanks where they undergo a cool, controlled fermentation. Temperature control is vital as it preserves the all-important primary fruit character. Malolactic fermentation is prevented, again to preserve the lovely acidity and after ageing in tank, the final blend is assembled. It remains in stainless steel for several months to integrate and develop additional complexity and is bottled in the spring of 2016 where it remains until release the following fall.
Wine ReviewsMichael Godel — Winealign
"In 2015 the White Palette goes highly, oddly and intentionally exotic. The dominant riesling component is eerily late-harvest, off-dry concentrated and yet either musqué or gewürztraminer (or both) dominate the nose and the palate. I do appreciate and welcome the levied and elevated acidity to match the first strikes and the linger here is longer than ever. A bold statement from J.P. Colas and a risk that leads to great reward. This actually carries some newfangled excitement. The waxy lemon finish is one that refuses to die. Drink 2016-2019. Tasted September 2016."