Canada — Ontario • $17.95 • 89/100
In the late 1970s, Riesling was the first Vinifera grape variety to thrive in Niagara, and today it is one of the region’s treasures. I love the Rieslings from the Niagara Escarpment, and this is a fine example from Flat Rock’s estate vineyard on the Twenty Mile Bench. This is by no means a dry Riesling, but the vivid acidity more than balances the sweetness, making a very attractive package. My formal review follows.
This Riesling is made from estate fruit. Aromas of fresh herbs, peach blossoms, white peaches, red apples and lime juice are underpinned by the beginnings of bottle evolution, with a subtle rubber-kerosene note. The wine is medium-dry with low alcohol, and the very bright acidity brings the palate to life, keeping the fruit flavours crisp and tart as the rubber-kerosene element recedes, and drying the finish that lingers with impressions of peach, lime and wet stones. Overall still juicy, fresh and inviting — a terrific drinkability factor — with the evolution adding some complexity. • Tasted 2017-09-02 • LCBO id#43281 • Find it at your nearest LCBO • FLAT ROCK CELLARS (Agent)