2014 ‘Old Vines’ Riesling
Estate Bottled | VQA — Niagara-on-the-Lake
Riesling is a versatile grape variety. It can be made in many different styles from dry to semi-dry, sweet and even sparkling. We believe that Riesling grown in cool climate wine regions, like Niagara, produce food-friendly and age-worthy wines. Our ‘Old Vines’ Riesling is an excellent example of this. It has classic old world aromas of flint with nuances of lemon and lime adding freshness. We made this wine in an unoaked, dry style with a thread of tangy acidity.
Vineyard Manager's Notes
Riesling was one of the first varieties we planted in 1978 and that original block is still producing very good fruit. Since then the demand for Riesling has increased and so too have our plantings, but this wine is made from just the older, more mature vines. Riesling vines can be quite generous so we have to manage the yield of each vine quite carefully. This starts in the early spring when we prune and continues until late summer when we do the “green harvest”. Since we have practiced sustainable agriculture right from the beginning, these pruned bunches are tilled into the soil to replenish nutrients.
Bosc Family Food Pairings
Riesling can be just as versatile in the kitchen as it is in the cellar, particularly when made in a drier style like this one. It’s often paired with spicy dishes to soften the heat but we like our Riesling with simple baked halibut topped with butter-lemon sauce.
||Brix at Harvest
“…a very fine, powerful, concentrated vintage for the CdC old vines riesling, offering plenty of flesh and bones, more full bodied than the average in Niagara (12% alcohol). The palate is almost fully dry, supported by rich, ripe acids, and length is very good to excellent. I love the brisk, lime and lemon flavours, the green apple and the citrus blossom florality. Lovely stuff.” 90 points. --John Szabo, winealign.com, November 2017.
“A classic gem—sourced from fruit of some of the oldest Riesling vines in Niagara—this offers aromas of lemon-lime, mineral notes and subtle lingering hints of white flowers. Dry and delightfully crisp on entry, the finely honed acidity carries tangy flavours of lemon zest and green apple over the palate infusing the lengthy, bright finish.” 4 out of 5 stars. --Susan Desjardins, www.winecurrent.com, April 2017
“…ripe sweetness trumping the pulse of energy…There is no mistaking this distinct wine and in the vintage its clarity is only eclipsed by its easy drinking compatibility.” --Michael Godel, www.godello.ca, March 2017.
“Intense lime, grapefruit and slate on the nose and palate. Great balance with present, refreshing acidity. Harmonious, elegant and delicate with a long red grapefruit and green apple finish.” 89 points. --Janet Dorozynski, winealign.com, July 2016