2012 Riesling

Gold Medal

Finger Lakes Riesling Challenge '14

88 Points

Wine & Spirit Magazine, August '12

Aromas of honey tangerine and white peach with ripe tropical citrus and orange blossom leads to a balanced, clean finish.

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Print Wine Notes
Vintage:2012
Wine Type:White Wine
Varietal:Riesling
Varietal Composition:
98%Riesling
2%Gewurztraminer
Appellation:Finger Lakes
Harvest Date:10/29/2012
Acid:8.6 g/L
pH:2.96
Bottling Date:06/11/2013
Residual Sugar:2.4%
Alcohol %:11.5%

Tasting Notes

Aromas of honey tangerine and white peach with ripe tropical citrus and orange blossom leads to a balanced, clean finish.

Winemaker Notes

On October 28 & 29, 2012, 11.3 tons and 1.8 tons of Riesling grapes were hand-harvested from, respectively, Sheldrake Point’s R2 and R3 vineyard blocks and presented a harvest chemistry of 20.5 Brix, a TA of 9.2 g/L, and a pH of 3.15. The fruit was carefully sorted and the best grapes were selected, then crushed, destemmed, and pressed in the Bücher press in two lots on two days. The pressed juice settled for 3 days. Fermentation lasted for 50 days and stopped at 0.3 Brix. The wine was racked off the fermentation lees 2 weeks after the fermentation was stopped and the wine was cold stabilized. To enhance the aromatics of the wine, additional Riesling wine (~40%) was blended in, using wine purchased from a local winery Lucas Vineyards, and 2% of Sheldrake Point’s 2012 Gewurztraminer.

Food Pairing

With a hint of sweetness, this 2012 Riesling pairs beautifully with spicy Thai or curry dishes, or try it as an aperitif with mild blue cheeses.

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