Five Rows Craft Wine - 2019 Riesling
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.