Saturday, August 8, 2009

2008 Twenty Mile Bench

2008 Featherstone

2008 Featherstone Estate Winery Black Sheep Riesling, VQA Twenty Mile Bench

After all the beers, I opened this wine to drink with some cheese. I have a bit of experience with this estate's rieslings. We met the owner last time we went up, and their organic approach to viticulture is really appealing. Black Sheep refers to the sheep that they use to sucker the vines and provide fertilizer.

Light straw in colour, that's very bright. Nose of citrus, honey, green apple, and some lanolin minerality. I like that these rieslings are showing more overt minerality when they're young. In the mouth, a lot of sour green apple flavour, with taut acidity and silky texture. Minerals follow, but what's most primary is the extremely high acidity. There's a long finish, ending tangy and tingly. Wonderful.

This estate's wines all share this commonality of very high acidity. There's almost no perceptible sweetness, although at 10.5% abv, there must be residual sugar in the wine. I believe I still have a bottle of the 2007 riesling sitting somewhere, and I'm very interested to see how the acidity integrates with some bottle age.

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