2016 Robert's Block Riesling


Silver Medal, 2018 International Wine & Spirit Competition,
Bronze Medal, 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards
Bronze Medal, 2019 Berlin International Wine Competition

 

Named in honour of Robert Staff, Sue-Ann’s Great Great Great grandfather, the original settler to her family’s 200-year-old estate in Jordan, ON located on the brink of the Niagara Escarpment. This is an elegant expression of the Riesling grape -- dry, with excellent minerality and a hint of petrol on the nose.

Named in honour of Robert Staff, Sue-Ann’s Great Great Great grandfather, the original settler to her family’s 200-year-old estate in Jordan, ON Canada located on the brink of the Niagara Escarpment.  Exemplary fortitude.

Vineyard Data:
-harvested exclusively from the oldest block of Riesling estate vineyard in Jordan, ON, sub appellation 20 Mile Bench hence 21-year-old vines grown on thin clay soils with escarpment limestone rock beneath
-21 year old block from Clone 21 on SO4 Rootstock
-2016 – very warm year hence harvested early to retain acidity
-low yields with tiny berries resulting in 21.3 Brix, 9.5 g/L T.A. and 2.9 pH

Winemaking Data:
-cool fermented in stainless steel over 3 weeks with selected yeast to maximize aromatics and influence of terrior
-left on gross less for 5 months with very little agitation, no blending or fining required, to build texture
-allowed to age one year in bottle before release.
-only created in premium Riesling vintage years such as 2009, 2011, 2014 & 2016.

Technical Data:
Alcohol   11.1%                                                     Residual Sugar     16 g/L (LCBO = 1)
pH           3.12                                                        Total Acidity          8.8 g/L
Bottled   February 2017                                     Cases produced    200 cases

Tasting Notes:
One of Niagara’s most notable and classic Rieslings.  Taking the time to enjoy the nose and palate will reveal why.  Complex nuances of lemon oil, tangerine, clementine and fresh honey accompany slate and wet stone notes that are elegant, subtle and seamlessly intertwined.  A firm fresh palate that is off dry and balanced display vibrant, clean and focused orange with key lime, honey and minerality with a twist of lemon curd.  Lengthy, transitioning, complex, zippy with a commendable extract.  Finishes dry.  Drinking well now until 2026 minimum.  Enjoy with seafood, fish, appetizers, poultry, and salads or simply on its own.

BRONZE, 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards

SILVER, 2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition

 

SILVER, 2018 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

 

Lisa Isabelle, Wine Current, rated this wine as 90drink or cellarwith the following review: 

This single-vineyard gem is produced in select vintage years and opens with aromas green apple, lemon-lime, ginger, beeswax and a hint of petrol. Flavours of tangy citrus, ripe peach, lemon zest and a mineral note bathe the palate. Medium-light bodied, off-dry with balancing acidity, it finishes medium-long, crisp and refreshing. Pair with a spicy Thai green curry adorned with Kaffir lime leaves. 

 

Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Gorgeous acidity in his mouthwatering gem. Wet stone minerality, fresh lime leaf, lime zest, canned mandarin orange. Wow, yummy. Pairs well with banana leaf wrapped white fish with fresh lemongrass infused jasmine rice. Tasted 2016 vintage in May 2018. 92 points

 

 

Out of province customers, please contact the winery directly by e-mail at info (at) sue-annstaff.com or by phone at 1-877-566-1719 to find out about shipping options to your province. We’ll be delighted to speak with you about your wine needs!

We regret we cannot ship to the USA.

 



  

 

 



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