94 Pts - John Szabo, MS
“There’s something irresistible about this unfiltered riesling from the celebrated Foxcroft vineyard in Niagara's Twenty Mile Bench sub appellation. I can’t call it conventional by any means, it’s far from the stylistic mean with its fruit-backwards, wet earth, honey and mineral oil profile, while the shy yellow-fleshed fruit (quince, apricot) that’s hiding in the background comes across as lightly dried or late harvested. It’s not at the petrol stage yet, but one gets the sense that it won’t take long to develop in bottle. It’s bone dry at 12.7% alcohol declared, and the minerality theme continues on the back end as it delivers a strikingly saline, salty finish with line peel, apricot kernel and bitter almond. Length and depth are extraordinary. I challenge you not to reach for a second sip immediately after the first to quench an insatiable thirst that just grows and grows. Outstanding wine. Drink or hold a solid 5-7 without concern. Tasted April 2020.”
Crushed by foot with skin contact for 3 hours for one press and 7 hours for the 2nd press. Cold settled 2 days before being transferred to barrel. Fermented naturally with natural malolactic lasting until July of 2019. Racked out of barrel after 10 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal S02 at bottling.
Aromatics of light apricot, apple blossoms and citrus compliment a creamy and mineral driven palate. Finishes dry with silky smooth acidity.
VQA Twenty Mile Bench VQA
Cases Produced: 160
Grower: Craig Wismer (Foxcroft Vineyard)
Harvested: September 29, 2018
Yields: Approx. 2.5 Tonnes/Acre