2018 marks a long-awaited return to Riesling for Road 13! After much testing, 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’.
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!