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Riesling 2018

Riesling 2018
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Riesling
Appellation
Golden Mile Bench VQA
Sugar
23 Brix
Acid
8.0 g/L
pH
2.95
Bottling Date
May 31, 2019
Residual Sugar
19.1 g/L
Alcohol %
12.2
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Riesling
Appellation
Golden Mile Bench VQA
Sugar
23 Brix
Acid
8.0 g/L
pH
2.95
Bottling Date
May 31, 2019
Residual Sugar
19.1 g/L
Alcohol %
12.2
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
2018 marks a long-awaited return to Riesling for Road 13! After tasting many of the Rieslings in our library in addition to some fine examples from around the world, we debated the matter of style for this new Riesling. After much tasting, we decided to go in a different direction from the past and make a luscious, off-dry style of wine that was all about fun and frivolity. We believe we have succeeded! The 2018 Riesling is a model of fresh, pure fruit. Beautiful floral tones of jasmine, lime zest, nectarine and granny smith apples beckon you into taking your first sip. On the palate, these flavours are amplified in an amazing mouthfeel that is luscious, sweet, and round, but with a piercing acidity that ‘is so bright you gotta wear shades’.
Vineyard Notes
The 2018 growing season was another challenging campaign. The season got off to a good start and fruit set was excellent, allowing for a larger crop compared to the previous year. Things progressed quite well until about mid-july when, just as in 2017, smoke from Forest fires in the Pacific Northwest blocked out a lot of sunlight and slowed down ripening. The result was intense flavours, lower potential alcohol levels, and increased acidity levels in the wine – perfect conditions for making iconic Riesling! The grapes for the 2018 Riesling came exclusively from well-established estate vineyards owned by Road 13 on the Golden Mile Bench. During harvest the grapes were sampled bi-weekly to measure flavour development and sugar content. The Terraces Riesling was picked on September 19th, and the nearby Gully block was picked on October 1st. Each parcel of Riesling was picked at its optimal point of flavour development (golden yellow berries) for the intended style of this intense, fresh, fruity wine.
Winemaker Notes
During vintage, the grapes for the 2018 Riesling were all gently whole-bunch pressed before 24 hours of cold settling. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at cooler temperatures to keep the wine bright and fruit forward. Fermentation was tasted frequently and was stopped at the optimal point of sugar/acid balance for the intended off-dry style of wine. The wine was kept very cold after that point to keep it fresh and fruity and to prevent any re-fermentation. The wine was clarified and prepared for bottling in May, 2019.
Food Pairing Notes
We recommend pairing this amazing Riesling with spicy Asian food of all persuasions, milder cheeses, and lighter meats like duck, pork, chicken and seafood.
Production
407 cases
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