The 2019 harvest was predictably late in getting underway, starting September 6th. The sunny, cool weather and low humidity that kicked off harvest allowed the fruit to develop phenolic ripeness for an extended period without breaking down. There was an unusual and early cold snap in mid-November, along with close to 30 cm of snow on November 11th. Growers were confronted with some challenges as they navigated machinery through snowy vineyards, but prevailed successfully and wrapped up harvest on November 26th.
Grapes for this popular blend came from select vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula. Upon arrival at the winery the grapes were immediately destemmed and gently crushed. The juice was allowed to cold settle for 48 hrs before racking and fermenting cool at 14 C for 15 days. Some sweet reserve Riesling juice was added back to the finished wine to provide a concentrated aromatic finish.
A mix of floral and fruit that includes citrus, apple, white peach and a touch of honey. The residual sweetness is balanced nicely by the sharp, dynamic acidity.
Food Pairing Notes
Pairs well with light cheeses (Le Sauvagine) or fruit dish. Caesar Salad, Apples & light cheese with charcuterie and fresh oysters with lemon.