Tasting: Flat Rock Riesling 2015

"... Riesling was the first Vinifera grape variety to thrive in Niagara, and today it is one of the region's treasures ..."

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.
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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 LCBOFLAT ROCK CELLARS (Agent)

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