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.