2007 Flat Rock Cellars Riesling, VQA Twenty Mile Bench
Like many of the newer wineries in Niagara, Flat Rock is a glossy, modern facility, whose wines are made in a forward, approachable style. Their pinot noir is a personal favourite, and is very charming with eminent drinkability. What impresses me the most about this producer is the gravity flow concept built into the facility, judicious use of oak, and precision of the wines.
This is the estate riesling, from a blend of all the parcels - a single vineyard riesling is also produced, called the Nadja's Vineyard Riesling. These wines all have incredible balance and focus. This bottle showed extremely well with only 9 or 10 months of cellaring, similar to the Thirty Bench Riesling. Lots of minerality on the nose, from limestone to musky lanolin cream, to wet rock. Very ripe riesling fruit, tangy citrus and peach. On the palate, the acidity tingles, underneath a velvety and full texture. Long finish. A delicious, delicious wine, that gained in complexity and richness on the second day.
Flat Rock and Thirty Bench are located in two appellations, Twenty Mile Bench and Beamsville Bench, respectively. From these two early tastings, it seems that Twenty Mile is bigger, fuller and with more warmth. Beamsville shows as more racier, more aggressive and steely. Fascinating. Will these two areas complement each other, à la Mosel-Saar-Ruwer and Rheingau? We'll see, as I have a few more bottles of each wine - only time will tell.