The Bubbling Under Rieslings
Just recently I had the opportunity to taste over 80 Rieslings from across Canada for an upcoming article in Quench magazine … and I can tell you this: there are a lot of passionate folks making a lot of great Riesling here in Canada.
Then I got word that we could only include the top 20 Rieslings in the piece and my heart sank … I had tried so many wonderful wines and had so many great notes that paring it down to 20 seemed an injustice.
So with that in mind, and knowing I could fill this column 20 times over with Riesling reviews, I give you the ones that just missed the cut (call it the “bubbling under 4” and a sweetie)
Thirty Bench 2012 Steel Post Riesling, Ontario ($30.00)
Mac apple and peach pit aromas; hints of green apple across the palate with mineral and citrus pith on the finish.
8th Generation 2012 Riesling Classic, British Columbia (20.90)
This is what you call bone dry … you won’t find too much fruit but you will find lots and lots of mineral chalkiness with a lemon seed-like backing.
Rockway Vineyards 2012 Fergie Jenkins Series Riesling, Ontario ($14.95)
Apple and lemon drop with nice acidity, hints of honey, lemon and lime cordial all with a nice long finish.
CedarCreek 2012 Riesling, British Columbia ($17.95)
This one comes off as simple, but don’t let it fool you, it’s incredibly tasty with lime and lovely acidity.
Fielding 2012 Icewine Riesling, Ontario ($32.95 / 200ml)
Sweet pear, apple and wildflower honey and lavender and spiced baked apple delicate, and that’s just the aroma, palate is delicious with a nice balance of sweetness to acidity.