Stag's Hollow Winery 2014 Riesling (West Bench Osoyoos) Okanagan Valley - BC
Availability: Direct from the winery here
Production: 849 cases
Date Tasted: June 17th, 2015
Tasting Notes: Derives its low 10.6% alcohol and complicated texture from blending two lots of grapes from the same vineyard that were harvested and vinified separately. The first lot was fermented in stainless steel with off-dry levels of residual sugar while the second lot was fermented to complete dryness in giant oak barrels with natural yeast and lots of lees contact. The two lots were then combined and enhanced with 3% Muscat Ottonel for added depth (seek out some delicate, candied fruit "high notes" on the nose).
Why do all this work? Well, the resulting wine is a lovely balance of pure, orchard fruit flavours and racy citrus and stonefruit characters - often times, difficult components to meld together harmoniously. It transforms as it moves across your palate, starting fruity, then turning metallic and then finishes with mouth-watering, citrus peel notes.
Has the potential to develop with some extra time in the bottle, though, one can be forgiven for opening it now for early, sun-drenched consumption. Drink now-2018+.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2015 IconWines.ca