2019 Riesling

There is something about the purity of Riesling that keeps us wrapped around its finger; but pure doesn’t always equate to great. It still needs plenty of fostering in the vineyard and delicate handling in the cellar to allow that presence to shine through unimpeded.

It is our cellar team’s faith in our viticulture, and in their years of working with our parcels of fruit, that allows this noble variety to express such vibrancy - and most of all to achieve balance.

A shimmery light yellow hue, this wine exudes a complex aroma, evolving in the glass beautifully. Upon opening it leaps out with Meyer lemon and lime zest, there is a touch of the tropics here too - mango and pineapple. The aroma settles into a halfway point of stone fruits; fresh nectarine and apricot.

The palate is focused and yet broad and mouth-filling, quintessential flavours of Kiwi fruit and passion fruit, fresh Granny Smith apple and green melon. The hallmark Tantalus acidity is there in spades but the wine has weight and persistence to provide lovely tension.

The fruit for our 2018 Riesling was hand-picked at optimal ripeness from a variety of blocks, some of which date back to the late 70’s. Gently whole-bunched pressed, once in the cellar, ferments were inoculated after a short settling period with a variety of yeasts. Each parcel was fermented separately in stainless steel tanks with individual ferments handled uniquely as part of the overall “blend” and in order to achieve the best point of balance expressed from the vintage. The wine was aged cold on gross lees in separate batches before blending and bottling in the last week of February 2020.

TECHNICAL INFO

Varietal: 100% Riesling
Alcohol: 11.9%
Residual Sweetness: 10.6 g/L
pH: 2.98
Total Acidity: 9.7 g/L

ACCOLADES

91 POINTS - David Lawrason, Wine Align.com
91 POINTS - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun

VINTAGE NOTES

Our 2019 growing season was not without its challenges. Winter started unusually warm and dry but took a turn late in the season with sustained temperatures below -20 C arriving in February. Vines suffered from a range of winter damage. As a result, drawn out and uneven bud break was evident in several of our vineyard pockets. Conditions turned more favourable in May allowing delayed shoots to catch up. However, rain set in towards the end of June and periods in July, keeping the vineyard team on their toes regarding crop protection and canopy work.

A warm and dry August gave us ideal ripening conditions and set us up for harvest to begin on schedule.Despite the struggles during the growing season the first grapes destined for sparkling base were picked on September 5th in perfectly healthy and ripe condition. Dodging rain showers throughout the rest of September, harvest continued until early October when the first frost caused the vine canopy to drop and us to bring in the remaining parcels of fruit. Although yields are shy from 2019, the wines have so far emerged as beautifully nuanced with restrained alcohols and purity of fruit.