2007 Thirty Bench Riesling, VQA Beamsville Bench.
The first wine of the night, Saturday.
This wine has only had about 9 or so months of bottle age. It seemed to have advanced quite quickly for such a short period of time. Light, pale colour, but an intense musky, minerally nose, with lots of citrus and ripe riesling fruit. Linear on the palate, but there's a generosity to it that speaks very much of the clay it's grown on. The typical Niagara acidity there, but it doesn't quite have the bite of the Mosel riesling we tasted later on. Excellent length.
Such a delicious wine. Soulful, true to its terroir. I'm really curious to see how it'll evolve with some serious age on it. And this is just their humble, blended riesling - I tremble at the thought of how much excitement their single-vineyard bottlings will bring?