Riesling – such a maligned grape and so often misunderstood. There is no valid reason for this. It’s the most versatile varietal around – a great grape of Germany as well as the Alsace and first class specimens are produced around the world – including in Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys and now in the Pacific Northwest’s Washington State as well as BC.
In November 2012, Jancis Robinson tasted this wine and wrote about as one of the top Canadian whites of that year.
I started with 6 bottles of this and have given away 2 but have stored the rest to do comparisons over the next decade; this wine will last for a long time to come. Well, okay – given away is perhaps a bit of a stretch since this one ended up in someone’s stocking and we enjoyed it at Christmas dinner with ham.
The 2008 Old Vines Riesling is a clear and bright, pale gold wine with light legs. On the nose, it’s gorgeous, developing and clean with pronounced intensity of wet stones, kerosene, pear, white blossom, lime and lemon zest. A hint of honey envelops it.
The palate is pronounced and bone dry with rapier acidity and medium minus alcohol. Lime, lime and lime. Oh, and did I mention lime? Loads of citrus – lemon zest and bergamot with white peach and Anjou pear as it warmed in our glasses, more petrol and complimented by a long finish.
This WSET Outstanding wine will last for years – if you can hide and cellar it. The high acidity and intense fruit will enable this pronounced but balanced beauty to age for a solid decade while the TDN or ‘tri-methyl-dihydronapthalene’ that offers the petrol note will continue to grow over time.
Tasting note, January 17, 2015
Still a pale gold tone, the wine continues to be intense on the nose with deep kerosene, lemon, lime blossom and minerals. The palate is dry and delicate but still pronounced with the high acidity and flavours of bergamot and lime blossom, Meyer lemon and diesel. This time I noticed some green notes – green pineapple and some lemon grass in place of much of the intense lime. The finish is still long.