Five Rows Craft Wine - 2019 Riesling

Five Rows Craft Wine - 2019 Riesling

12% ALC. / VOL.
750 mL

Tasting notes:

The 2019 vintage will be remembered for its abundances. Primarily the abundant rainfall, which led to dense canopies, tight clusters and heavy disease pressure in all varietals.

Botrytis removal was a full time job in the days leading up to harvest, just to assure the grapes would be acceptable to ferment!

Luckily, Riesling is one varietal where a little bit of botrytis is the norm, and something we take into account when crafting our particular style.

Pressed juice was 100% fermented in stainless steel with two separate yeast strains: W15 (55%) and X5 (45%). Tanks were fermented cool (10C) for 37 days and stopped slightly off-dry (specific gravity 1.005) to balance the ample natural acidity - another abundance in 2019!

The 2019 "Jean's Block" Riesling exhibits intense aromas of white peach, apple, pear and honeysuckle. It is refreshing yet balanced, and relatively full-bodied for a Riesling. The interesting texture might be the result of extended lees aging and the minor botrytis influence.

It is best enjoyed slightly chilled at 50-60F. I took the liberty of trying many bottles at many different temperatures to make this determination. This is as close to a Five Rows “Winemaker’s favourite” as I’ve ever been willing to admit.