A first for me, Canadian Riesling

So, to celebrate Canadian wine day, a Canadian Riesling. It’s pretty good: if I’d have tasted it blind I would have guessed New Zealand, I think. I normally don’t go in for this ‘day’ thing (there are just too many of them), but I’m heading to Canada for the first time next month so I am happy to make an exception.

Hidden Bench Riesling Felseck Vineyard 2010 Beamsville Bench VQA, Canada
11.5% alcohol. Dense and nicely focused with lively citrus fruits to the fore. Lemon and grapefruit pith with some floral, ripe apple and honey notes in the background. There’s just a tiny bit of phenolic grip here, but the dominant theme is pure fruit and good acidity. It tastes quite dry, but with a fruitiness that suggests there might be a touch of residual sugar, even if the wine doesn’t taste at all sweet. Proper Riesling. 90/100

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2 comments to A first for me, Canadian Riesling

  • Bob Parsons

    Sounds like you enjoyed it Jamie. When here look for Tantalus, BC and Cave Spring, Ontario.

    Bob Alberta

  • Rick Rainey

    Cave Spring and 30 Bench Winemakers…both fantastic producers. Jamie, if you happen to cross the border, come down to the Finger Lakes and I will happily show you around. I have a project with Louis Barruol, from Gigondas, that you may find interesting. Forge Cellars is the name of the project.

    Have fun in Canada – I think you may be surprised..I was,

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