2016 Riesling Estate

VQA Beamsville Bench
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About This Wine:
This wine originates from our Cave Spring Vineyard, located on a hillside of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario known as the Beamsville Bench. Produced from some of our oldest vines, it displays the distinctive mineral character that is the signature of Riesling grown in the limestone-clay soils found at our estate. 
 
Origin:
Seven individual blocks ranging in age from 11 to 40 years, with an average vine age of about 20 years.  
 
Soil:
Stony clay till composed primarily of limestone and dolostone mixed with sandstone, shale and traces of granite and gneiss; soils overlie moraine and sandstone/shale bedrock, and range from 4 to 8 m in depth.  
 
Composition:
100% Riesling 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Sept. 23 - Oct. 24
Sugar- 20.1º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 8.1 g/L
pH- 3.4
Yield- 4 tonnes/acre (68 hl/ha) 
 
Vinification:
Cool-temperature fermentation in stainless steel over a 3 to 8 week period, 75% with selected and 25% with indigenous yeasts; 5 months on the fine lees prior to bottling  
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- April 2017
Alc./Vol. 12%
Residual Sugar- 8 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 7.84g/L
pH- 2.95
Production- 2,490 (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
The nose reveals concentrated aromas of red apple, yellow grapefruit and anise alongside notes of cinnamon and pie crust. Dry and medium-bodied, the palate is broad and dense with a savoury chalkiness underlying subtle flavours of citrus, pear and spice. The finish is full and weighty with persistent rhubarb overtones, restrained throughout by the wine’s stony texture and saline acidity. 
 
Taste Profile:
Dry (D)      See IRF Taste Scale
 
Serving Suggestions:
Lobster bisque; sashimi (esp. salmon); charcouterie; sautéed trout; quiche Lorraine; Raclette; roast lemon chicken; choucroute garnis; roasted pork loin; aged cow’s milk cheeses (e.g., Gouda).  
 
Ageability:
Best consumed 2018 through 2023; should hold until at least 2027 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$19.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery, LCBO Vintages ‘Essential’ (#286377)
LCBO Item #286377
 
Reviews & Accolades:
WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE: Cellar Selection, ageworthy, succulent and polished to perfection, this estate-grown wine features some old-vine fruit. It offers a range of citrus fruits, backed by juicy, refreshing acidity. There's depth and structure for long aging, but it may be difficult to keep hidden in the cellar for very long. Drink 2020–2035. 93 POINTS
 

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