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June's Vineyard Riesling, 2020

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2020 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 11.5% ALC/VOL
Critic's Rating 90 pts

Almost colourless in the glass with intense aromas of lime zest, wild flowers, fresh lemon, honeydew melon and flint. On the palate it is focussed and complex, just off-dry with balancing acidity and flavours of green apple, lime, honey and stony minerality, with a long, refreshing finish. Enjoy with Thai green curry, Lake Ontario pickerel with lime beurre blanc or shaved fennel salad.


June’s Vineyard is a unique site with significant quantities of decomposed yellow limestone amongst the clay loam soils giving the wines an extra dimension of stony minerality on top of the ripe fruit and flowery aromas. Named after one of the owners of the winery, this site which was planted in 1999, continues to deliver exceptional Riesling and Chardonnay making two of the most distinctive wines in our portfolio. Clone 49 Riesling is an old clone which was popular in Alsace, France for many years. Its trademarks are exceptional fruit and floral character. The grapes were harvested in early-October and immediately pressed into stainless steel tanks for a cool fermentation which was stopped to retain balancing residual sugar. The wine was lightly fined and filtered before bottling in May 2021.

Critic's Rating

- Tony Aspler
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    The 2020 vintage was a featured wine in August's Wine Club package, 2022.

    Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.

    Geographical Indication: VQA Creek Shores
    Vineyard: June's Vineyard
    Residual Sugar: 6.5 g/L
    Cases Produced: 450

    Appearance: Pale straw colour.
    Nose: Minerally, grapefruit and lime bouquet.
    Palate: Light-bodied, just off-dry with grapefruit, lime flavours and a touch of honey. Elegant, beautifully balanced with a long finish. Lovely mouth-feel.
    Quality: 90 points. Outstanding. Drink now or hold 2 – 3 years.

    Food Pairing: Thai green curry, bacon-wrapped mini potatoes, spicy mussels with chorizo, sweet potato quinoa and black bean salad, and seared scallops with papaya coulis.

    • National Wine Awards of Canada 2022, Bronze Medal