2012 “Circle of Friends” Riesling

Vineland Estates Winery
“Circle of Friends” 2012 Riesling

Appellation: VQA Niagara Peninsula
Varietal: 100% Riesling
Alcohol Percent: 8.0 %
LCBO Sweetness Descriptor: Medium Dry
Residual Sugar g/L:  40.6 g/L
Brix at Harvest: 18.2˚Bx
Total Acid g/L: 8.745 g/L
Cases Produced: 88
Drinking Through: drinking through 2022+
Service Temp.: 10 – 13 C
Bottle Size(s): 750ml
Decanting: No
Rick’s Riesling
Leading wine writer, Rick Van Sickle, chronicled this specific wine through the careful, ongoing study of “Grape X” (on a vine in Field D of the St. Urban Vineyard) from pruning all the way to harvest. It was a perfect, sun-drenched day when the Grape X bunch, along with its surrounding brethren, was brought to the crush pad on September 20, 2012. About 10% botrytis affect was noted at the time that added just a subtle hint of late harvest flavour within the classical Vineland Estates Riesling canvas of lemon-lime zest and wet stone minerality.

Cheese Pairing: Jensen Cheese Curds
Producer: Jensen Cheese
Location: Odessa, Ontario
Milk: Cow’s Milk

Jensen cheese is a family run business dating back to 1925. Two facilities produce cheese under both the Jensen banner but with the production site in Odessa operating under the original name of Wilton Cheese Factory. Cheese curds are great because they are squeaky when you bite into them when fresh and have a wonderful melting ability, (ideal for traditional poutine). Looking at curds, you see them as bent and twisty which is because they are naturally formed when the curd separates from the whey. They are then lightly salted and packaged, ready for snacking or they are then pressed into whatever shape the actual cheese is going to take (wheel, block, tomme etc). Sweet and salty have ever been two halves of a terrific whole and when you pop a cheese curd into your mouth you take all the great salty creamy flavour across your palate. The Riesling works as both a contrast to the saltiness but also as a flavour companion.

Food Pairing:  Oysters & Mignonette