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A departure in style from our previous vintages of Riesling as 1/3 of the fruit was affected by botrytis (noble rot). Rich spiced honey, fresh cut apple with a faint touch of petrol. Off dry, vibrant concentrated flavours dominate through the mid palate and then finish balanced and long.
Vintner's Comments: Our 2017 Amelia Vineyard Riesling is very similar in style to a German Auslese Riesling. The off dry palate has been carefully balanced with the abundant acidity to create an exceptionally age worthy white wine that will richly reward those willing to cellar it.
Awards & Ratings
This was a featured wine from February's Premium Wine Club.
Name: 2014 Riesling
Geographical Indication: Okanagan Valley, B.C.
Variety: 97% Riesling, 3% Muscat Ottonel
Vineyard: Riesling – Amalia Vineyard, West Bench; Muscat Ottonel – Stag’s Hollow Vineyard, Okanagan Falls
Cases Produced: 840
Appearance: Bright, gold throughout with a slight green hue.
Nose: Medium+ intensity, candied lemon peel, Mandarin orange, lime leaf.
Palate: Medium+ concentration, vibrant acidity, Granny Smith apple, lemonade, pink grapefruit, coriander, fresh minerality with a very small hint of residual sugar.
Quality: A very good quality Okanagan Riesling that is easy to drink now, but will develop a few more layers of character with a couple more years of age.
Food pairings: Pad Thai, California roll sushi, hot and sour mushroom soup, mild blue cheese, grilled pork chops, fried chicken.
Wine Writer’s Comment: There is no stopping the vibrant array of delicious, quality Rieslings coming out of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley! There are a few extra choices made by winemaker Dwight Sick that make this one extra appealing. The use of old oak to not impart flavor, but add a little texture is a great direction. A little lees-stirring adds a richer mouthfeel, while that tiny three percent of Muscat Ottonel in the mix adds a pinch of tropical spice. Sure, you can lay it down for a couple of years and wait for honeyed and more nuanced layers to appear, but diving into it right now is mighty rewarding. Well done!
- Kurtis Kolt, The Georgia Straight