2016 Block Blend RieslingRegular price $16.00
“This Riesling captures the profile of our estate soils, giving the wine its ‘appellation character.’ Lime zest, stone fruit and tight acidity give way to chalky-mineral notes and a touch of sweetness.” – Winemaker
2016 Vintage Notes
From the start of 2016, the winter and spring brought below normal precipitation. This persisted throughout spring and summer months defining the growing season with drought conditions. Young vines were hand watered almost daily to ensure their survival. Luckily the mature vines are deep-rooted and were able to get by with the soil moisture located deeper in the soil horizon. Hot and dry conditions persisted late into the growing season when sporadic rainfall events began to appear, keeping the drought concerns at bay. When under stress, the vines focus energy on the fruit and with the help of later season rain, an already stellar looking crop sized up well and delivered superb quality. Harvests were ripe, clean and are promising to deliver cool-climate wines with power and finesse from a ‘not-so-cool’ vintage.
Colour is pale straw. Aromas of tangerine and preserved lemon. Watermelon, honeydew and stone fruit follow. The palate is juicy and vibrant with good weight and depth of flavour. Balanced with medium+ acidity and a long finish. Tasted May 2017.
Wine making Notes
The fruit was harvested and pressed off its skins immediately. Juice was cold settled and racked off of solids for fermentation. The juice was fermented in smaller batches, using different yeasts to promote complexity of flavours when blending. The fermentations were stopped when the desired balance of acid and residual sugar was observed.
Try with pulled pork sliders, poached pear and blue cheese salad or duck confit pizza
Brix at harvest: 18.7
Total Acidity: 10 g/L
Alcohol: 10.5 %
Sugar: 28 g/L