2017 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. 29 - Nov. 17
Sugar- 19.71º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 7.8 g/L
pH- 3.16
Yield- 5 tonnes/acre  
 
Vinification:
Cool-temperature fermentation in stainless steel over a 3 week period, 50% with indigenous and 50% with selected yeasts; 7 months on the fine lees prior to bottling 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- July 2018
Alc./Vol. 11.5%
Residual Sugar- 7.4 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 7.7 g/L
pH- 3.22
Production- 2,475 (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
Fragrant aromas of pineapple, honey and spiced pear rise over top nuances of rose water and white flower. Dry and medium bodied, the palate shows grapefruit pith on the attack, with a round, viscous feel in the middle that wraps around the wine's firm, chalky core and delicate acidity. This synthesis of oily extraction and crispness carries notes citrus, almond and allspice long onto the finish. 
 
Taste Profile:
Dry (D)      See IRF Taste Scale
 
Serving Suggestions:
Lobster bisque, sashimi, sautéed trout, lemon-chicken, sweet potato curry, choucroute, roasted pork loin, medium cow’s milk cheese 
 
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: Sourced from the estate’s oldest vines, this mineral-drenched, bone-dry wine fills the palate with texture and deep flavors. Rather than flesh, the emphasis is on skin phenolics—grapefruit pith and peel in particular. There’s a sense of light oiliness, not at all unpleasant, and a graceful, lingering finish. Editors’ Choice. 93 POINTS
 

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