2021 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.

Our flagship Riesling is a testament to our team’s dedication to our farming and cellar practices, and above all else, the pursuit of balance in this noble variety.

A delicate yellow/green hue in the glass, the aromatics are bright and perfumed. Orchard fruits abound with pronounced notes of peach, white flowers and clover. The palate is classic Tantalus with great presence and concentration. A layered complexity of lemon oil, mandarin orange, red apple skin with a core of citrus zest. An intriguing salinity is present in this release, tying to the emerging minerality beautifully. Our Rieslings are built to age and this release is no different. Enjoy it in its youth or watch it evolve over the years.

The fruit for our 2021 Riesling was hand-picked between September 24th and October 11th at optimal ripeness from a variety of blocks, with plantings dating back to the late 70’s. Gently whole-bunched pressed, once in the cellar, ferments were inoculated after a short settling period. Each parcel was fermented separately in stainless steel tank with individual ferments handled uniquely as part of the overall “blend” and, as always, to achieve the best point of balance expressed from the season. The wine was aged cold on gross lees in separate batches before blending and bottling in the last week of February 2022.

TECHNICAL INFO

Varietal: 100% Riesling
Alcohol: 13.4%
Residual Sweetness: 15.4 g/L
pH: 2.93
Total Acidity: 9.7 g/L

ACCOLADES:

  • Gold Medal, National Wine Awards of Canada 2022
  • 92 points - Evan Goldstein MS, Wine Align.com, July 2022
    "
    Fresh/ripe tree fruit- blossoms-ripe citrus- off dry- fresh- correct-- florals in finish-- penetrating acid.. expansive finish."

  • VINTAGE NOTES

    After a few recent winters with remarkably cold weather events, we managed to emerge from the 2020/21 winter without much cold damage to our vineyards. Bud break fell on the early end of the long-term average, fueled by warm spring temperatures and marginal rainfall, conditions that would persist until summer. The 2021 heat dome (we measured a temperature high of 48.5C on site) coincided with flowering in the vineyard. The extreme heat at such a sensitive time in the grapes’ development resulted in smaller than average berries and clusters and lower yields.

    Warm temperatures and low rainfall persisted through early summer. Smoky August skies slowed berry ripening and pushed harvest back from what would have been a record early start on our site. Harvest kicked off in early September with our first grapes for our sparkling wines. The weather stayed warm with little precipitation for the rest of the month, allowing us to pick our fruit at peak ripeness and flavour and wrap up harvest on October 5th, two weeks earlier than we commonly do and making for a short but busy end to the growing season! Although a lower crop yield from the season was disappointing, fruit quality was excellent and the smaller bunches led to beautifully concentrated wines.