91 PTS - Rick VanSickle
“Heaven is deep, rich and so different from anything I have tasted that it defies description. Certainly there’s orange peel, spice, apple skin, stony minerality and some reductive notes on the nose, but also underlying citrus pith. Such beautiful texture on the palate and defined by its minerality and vibrancy on the finish. Earth shows Mandarin orange, clementine and lemon pith on the nose with reductive orange notes, rousing citrus, minerals, wonderful texture and verve on the palate. Crazy good, thought provoking and unlike anything anyone is doing (or dares to attempt) with Riesling in Ontario.”
93 PTS - John Szabo, MS
“…yet another unconventional, paradigm shifting riesling from Mackenzie Brisbois at Trail Estate… a highly compelling amalgam of both sweet and resinous herbs, sage, savoury and juniper, even vegetal tones in the appealing way as, say, Tequila, or mezcal or gin … I love the uncompromising nature, no empty kind words, botox or shoulder pads. It’s like a terroir X-ray, with an oxidative twist of lime. Highly unique, idiosyncratic, it’s a wine for terroir purists looking for truth, not comfort. Ready to engage.”
Harvested on October 19th, 2017 from the Hughes Vineyard in Niagara. Fermented naturally on skins for 13 days prior to pressing. As the wine fermented the skins were punched down daily for gentle extraction. After the wine was pressed, it was put to a neutral older barrel (006) for 11 months before bottling using gravity without any filtration or fining.
An austere and conservative Riesling this wine has loads of fresh citrus aromatics.
VQA Lincoln Lakeshore VQA
Cases Produced: 20
Grower: Ed Hughes
Harvested: October 19, 2017
Yields: Approx. 2.0 Tonnes/Acre