100% Estate Vineyard/ Okanagan Falls/ 31 year old vineyard/ Rolling Hills Road
Intense fruit aromas which definitely lean more towards exotic fruits like passion fruit, mango, pineapple greet your nose. Ripe pear, apricot & peach with an incredible balanced acidity rounds it up to a textbook Riesling example.
Pairs well with spicy, intensely flavoured food like Thai, Curry Dishes, Blue Cheese or just a book/patio combination.
Dryness level: one (24gr/L)
Enjoy now-2021 (after 2021 will show riper fruit, softer acidity and a bit more diesel)
Botrytis in the vineyard! Could be a nightmare in a wet weather period or the best thing ever if it stays dry. We were lucky, the weather stayed dry and enabled us to create a Late Harvest wine. There are basically two options as only some grapes in the vineyard are effected by botrytis/ noble rot. Pick all of them as usual or go the extra mile and pick them separately. Well we went for the extra effort and picked with two buckets. The regular Chardonnay grapes for the Chardonnay barrique wine and only the grapes which looked like shrivelled raisins went into the Late Harvest bucket. It’s hard to imagine that there is any juice in them left. Well a bit was left and a thick, sweet, super aromatic desert wine was the result. Try the Late Harvest “on the Rocks” with a cheese plate on hand. Picked with 29,5 brix it would qualify to be called Beerenauslese (according to German wine law).
Enjoy: now- 2018
Sweetness level: 9 (94gr/L)
PS: The beneficial use of “noble rot” was discovered in the late 18th century at Schloss Johannisberg in the Benedictine Abbey of Fulda/Germnay. At the abbey, they once started picking rather later than had been their custom and the grapes had begun to rot. It turned out that the wine made from these grapes was of exceptional quality and greatly exceeded expectations.