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Riesling, 2019

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2019 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 12.5% ALC/VOL
Critic's Rating 92 pts

Tasting Notes

The 2019 Riesling is the epitome of what makes bench Riesling great. The nose explodes with beautiful lemon-rind, lime-leaf, nectarine, nutmeg, and honeysuckle aromas. Those flavours continue on the palate while adding green apple, honeycomb, cumin, white lilac and the distinctive chalky minerality of the Twenty Mile Bench. There is unusual weight and texture here, with a mouth-filling sensation that is not very common in Riesling. As the wine sweeps across the palate towards the finish, a bright green leafiness and flinty/gravelly appear in waves, leading to an amazing, crunchy finish. The wine will age well for the next decade.

Winemaking Notes

A cool and steady growing season like 2019 is truly ideal for Riesling, allowing the grapes to fully develop flavour while still maintaining exceptional acidity. Hand-picked and hand-sorted on October 20th, the grapes were picked at their ideal time. The Riesling was gently whole-cluster pressed, and juice was naturally settled. A long, slow, and cool fermentation took place at 12 C in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine was aged on yeast lees in concrete tank for 7 months. The 2019 Riesling was bottled on August 5, 2020.

Critic's Rating

Aged on lees in concrete, “meant to be terroir classic,” from Vineland and quite low in residual sugar. So low it needs no further discussion. Flint spirit but not struck in any sharp form, feeling what the concrete does for freshness and energy, integrity of place and consistency of that Senchuk-Leaning Post style. Green herbs and beauty, linearity and direct impression. Top vintage here in a riesling no doubter. Drink 2023-2028. Tasted June 2022.
- Michael Godel
  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2022, Bronze Medal National Wine Awards of Canada 2022, Bronze Medal
  • Connoisseur Note(s):

    Leaning Post Wismer-Foxcroft Riesling 2019 Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara, Canada Simple winemaking, says Ilya. This is focused and fresh with lovely citrus drive and a bit of melony richness. Very supple with nice acidity but it’s not too intense. Very lively and well balanced and pretty dry. 92/100

    - Jamie Goode - Wine Anorak - UK

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    The 2019 vintage was a featured wine in May 2023's Wine Club package.

    Geographical Indication: VQA Twenty Mile Bench
    Vineyard: Wismer Foxcroft Vineyard
    Residual Sugar: 12.8 g/L
    Cases Produced: 480

    Appearance: Clear. Bright. Pale straw colour.
    Nose: Fragrant aromas of honeysuckle, tropical fruit, lychee, peach, red apple, lemon peel, and petrol notes.
    Palate: Medium+ acid, light- to medium-bodied. Slightly off-dry with lively acidity. Fruit-forward flavours of peach, nectarine, green apple, lemon, a hint of tropical fruit, and classic Niagara minerality. Well-balanced with a zippy mouthfeel and pleasant finish.
    Quality: 91 points – Wine Club Canada. Outstanding.

    Food Pairing: Jambalaya with Andouille sausage, salmon roll sandwiches, Thai mini-shrimp lettuce wraps, herb focaccia dusted with spicy bacon, and honey-lime quinoa fruit salad.

    • National Wine Awards of Canada 2022, Bronze Medal