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Divergence Wines Riesling Brut, 2021

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2021 Niagara Peninsula 375 mL, 11.5% ALC/VOL
Critic's Rating 91 pts

Tasting Notes: Lemon, lime, and green apple are lifted by fine bubbles and compliment a generous weight on the palate. The wine finishes with just a touch of sweetness to enhance the fruit and balance the crisp acidity characteristic of Niagara Riesling.

Food Pairings: This wine needs nothing more than a couple of glasses and a bottle opener but is also a great compliment to sushi or summer salads. Alternatively, bring it with your picnic lunch of cold sandwiches or charcuterie.

Cellaring Potential: Ready to drink now but the bubbles and crown cap closure will allow this wine to retain freshness for multiple years.

This Riesling traditional method sparkling wine was created to capture the freshness and vibrancy of this variety as it grows in Niagara.

Hand-picked grapes from the Hughes Vineyard were whole cluster pressed, and the juice was fermented to create a base wine with great typicity. Tirage took place the following spring, after which the wine aged on lees for 12 months before disgorging and finishing with a dosage of arrested Hughes Vineyard Riesling, striking balance between freshness and complexity.

The half-bottle format and crown cap finish leave no excuse not to open a sparkling wine any time; no need to wait for an occasion.

Residual Sugar: 10 g/L

About Divergence Wines

What does it mean to be crafting wines on a different path? Small and exclusive productions, sourced from top vineyards, crafted to deliver quality. For Divergence, quality is prioritized over quantity in every aspect of production with wines focused on precision, authenticity, and texture to deliver a unique take on the best of what Niagara has to offer. Founder Jeff Moote has worked at well-known Niagara wineries such as Fielding, Creekside, and Trius before launching Divergence. His time both inside and outside the wine industry has reaffirmed his “no compromises” ethos that continues to drive him.

Critic's Rating

This convenient, half bottle of traditionally made, 100% Riesling presented with a crown cap was aged on its lees for 12 months. The grapes were hand-picked from the Hughes Vineyard and a dosage of 9 g/l from the same Riesling was applied. It has a lovely mineral/saline nose with pure Meyer lemon, lime, green apple, white peach with a vigorous bubble in the glass. It’s bright and bubbly on the palate with lime, stony/chalky notes, green apple, lemon zest, peach skin, and a lively finish.
- Rick VanSickle, Wines in Niagara
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