SynchroMesh Wines 2012 Thorny Vines Vineyard Riesling - 89pts
Availability: Direct from winery here
Date Tasted: July 9th, 2013
Tasting Notes: 'Thorny Vines' is SynchroMesh's "other Riesling", essentially a nice companion piece to their $30, Lieutenant Governor's Award of Excellence winning Storm Haven Riesling which is produced from their home vineyard vines in Okanagan Falls. The Thorny Vines Riesling hails from a youthful, 3rd leaf Naramata Bench vineyard and is more assessable to the casual Riesling fan, both in character (a fruity, tangy, off-dry charmer) and price (impressive quality for under $20).
Concentrated kumquat, honeycomb and Asian pear through its floral nose and lightly-mineral-ed palate; finishing a tad short due to the intense acidity needed to balance the 30g/l of residual sugar. Though, it must be stated, a balance that works and allows the wine to stand on its own or as a companion to classic off-dry Riesling dishes like spicy Asian fare - just don't go too spicy or you'll overwhelm this lovely nectar. Drink 2013-2016.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright Icon Wines 2013