2008 Felseck Vineyard Riesling
The vines for this wine were meticulously maintained to capture their varietal Riesling character. All grape bunches were exposed to sunlight at fruit-set with leaf removal on the East side of the canopy to maximize fruit ripening. Green harvest - the elimination of under ripe bunches- was performed a the first sign of maturity and only bunches exposed to sunlight remained to promote ripening, concentration of flavours and to best expose our Beamsville Bench terroir.
The grapes were handpicked, sorted and gently pressed as whole bunches. Only the first 450 litres per tonne of juice was kept and the juice was cold settled for 21 days. This juice was then racked off its lees ( the heavy sediment ) and warmed to 20 degrees Celcius. It took three weeks for the native yeast to start fermenting. This wild fermentation lasted 4.5 months - more than 130 days - which gives the wine a wonderful complexity.
The wine presents a brilliant appearance with pale yellow straw colour. The powerful nose showcases the purity of great Riesling with aromas of baked lime and mandarin. The palate has wonderful weight, fleshiness and shows intense minerality that is reflective of the Felseck vineyard. A long and intense finish provides flavours of lime confit and honey.