- APPELLATION: VQA Niagara Peninsula
- VINEYARD(S): Various
- GRAPE VARIETY(IES): 65% Riesling & 35% Viognier
- BRIX AT HARVEST: Average of 19.5
- ALCOHOL CONTENT: 12%
- RESIDUAL SUGAR: 5 grams
Our second vintage of Aromatik, this time a blend of two varieties, Riesling and Viognier. The Riesling provides freshness to the nose and the acidic backbone to the palate while the Viognier brings luscious tropical fruit and notes of spice. Fermenting in larger oak vessels pulls the two together with a hint of sweet vanilla. The wine is amazingly complex with notes of fresh citrus, passionfruit and honey. The palate is rich and smooth with tropical fruit flavours. The finish is long and complex with notes of caramel.
The wine will complement rich and savoury dishes such as mushroom risotto with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, lobster with drawn butter or pasta with cream sauces.
Ready to drink on release, the wine will continue to develop nuances over the short to medium term.
The grapes for Aromatik were harvested a few weeks apart – the Viognier was harvested first in late September and the Riesling was harvested in mid-October. Both were hand-harvested and full cluster pressed into seasoned 500 liter French oak barrels for fermentation and aging. Neither went through malolactic fermentation as the aim was to preserve acidity in the warm vintage. After primary fermentation, the barrels were kept on lees for a year of ageing. Following blending, the wine was aged a further 10 months in tank before bottling in spring 2018 following light fining and filtration.
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