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Free Bird Riesling, 2022

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2022 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 10.5% ALC/VOL
Critic's Rating 89 pts

Tasting Notes: Sometimes to see properly, it is better to close our eyes. Free Bird re-imagines riesling, as a soft but tropical white wine. Flavours of lime citrus balance those of mango and tangerine. Like diving into a cool pool on a hot day, this wine is adult lemonade.

Food Matches: Spicy shrimp noodle salad, fresh cheese spaetzle, sesame chicken salad with ginger-lime dressing

VQA Niagara Peninsula

Residual Sugar: 7 g/L

Description: At a time when freedom had to be won, it was bold imagination coupled with bravery that made our pioneering ancestor, Catherine ’Cat’ Smith, truly free. In the 1790’s, Cat and her husband, an Iroquois/Mennonite soldier and United Empire Loyalist, took a leap of faith and settled land overlooking a verdant valley in Niagara’s Short Hills Bench. In this area, the Scarlet Tanager and many other songbirds served as a backdrop to the daily chores and pleasures of family life.

With the years of war behind her, Cat was free to chose her company and her way of life. Her power to unapologetically do something in a new way continues to inspire, including with this naturally lively wine.

Critic's Rating

Pale straw colour; minerally, lime and grapefruit bouquet; light-bodied, dry, green apple and lemon flavour. Good length.
- Tony Aspler

Connoisseur Note(s):

At $13 I certainly wasn’t expecting much, but, boy, was I wrong. This is a softer, approachable Riesling with layers of peach, apple, mango, nectarine and just a pinch of citrus on the nose. On the palate it’s fresh, smooth, with only 7 g/l of RS and loaded with ripe orchard fruits, some round tropical notes and highly quaffable in its simplicity from start to finish. Just a fantastic, everyday wine for poolside, porch side, Survivor watching side, here come the neighbours kind of wine. All that for $13. Crazy. After tasting for review, my wife and I polished off the bottle. 

88 points — Rick VanSickle, Wines in Niagara

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