2014 Roman's Block Riesling
The vines for this single vineyard Riesling were meticulously maintained to capture their varietal character and especially the terroir of Roman's Block.
All grape bunches were exposed to sunlight at fruit set with complete leaf removal on the West side of the canopy to maximize fruit ripening.Green Harvest was performed at the first maturity and only non-touching bunches exposed to sunlight remained to promote ripening, concentrate flavours and to best express the character if this unique parcel of vines along the Beamsville Bench.
The grapes were hand-picked, sorted and gently pressed as whole bunches.Due to the advanced age of the vines (36 years)we harvested only 2.15 kg per bearing vine on average or 29.2hL/Ha. Only the first 500 litres per tonne of free run juice was kept and the juice was cold settled for 2 days. It was then racked off its lees (the heavy sediment) and warmed before the fermentation started. The cool fermentation lasted 2.5 months which gives the wine its wonderful complexity.
The 2014 Roman's Block Riesling shows delicate floral notes, preserved lemon and a wet stone minerality, so typical of these 37 year old vines. The palate is complex and intense, showing toasty notes, marmalade and the same minerality on the nose, all balanced by the racy acidity. An excellent food wine.