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The grapes were picked in two separate lots, one week apart to maximize ripeness and flavor. The 2nd lof of grapes were whole-cluster pressed, with 14 hours of skin contact, before pressing. The wine was then stainless steel fermented with minimal intervention. The ferementation was at a low termperature between 11 - 14 degrees celcius and took 21 days to complete. As with our other Riesling, the fermentation was stopped to leave a small amount of residual sugar to balance out the acid in this wine.
Awards & Ratings
- National Wine Awards of Canada 2017, Bronze Medal
Vineyard: Tightrope Winery estate vineyard
Cases Produced: 150
Appearance: Bright, clear, and light-plus gold in colour.
Nose: Great intensity here, offering plenty of waxy/latex, red apple, lemon zest, floral and honey notes on the nose.
Palate: A crisp, light-bodied and just barely off-dry Riesling, the Tightrope brings great focus. Red apple skin, lemon zest, peach skin and modest reedy and floral notes on the palate. There’s a hint of residual sugar as well as some light acidity that work in harmony here as well.
Quality: As Okanagan Rieslings go, this one’s impressive. Sure, there’s laser-like focus here, but it avoids being bone dry and instead brings some nice ripe fleshiness without getting to heavy-handed with the sweetness.
Food Pairing: Medium Indian fare, Thai dishes, sushi.
Wine Writer’s Comment:
“A gold-medal winner at the 2015 WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada, this Naramata Bench Riesling wowed judges from every region of the country – something not many Rieslings from B.C. have managed to accomplish.
The lemon and red apple notes on both the nose and the palate deliver bright fruit with such focus thanks in part to the modest acidity. And while fermented dry, there’s a splash of residual sugar remaining that serves to add complexity and depth.
Riesling certainly isn’t a grape for which the Okanagan Valley is best-known, but with examples such as this one leading the charge, that could soon change.”
— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press