2019 Robert's Block Riesling - Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery

2019 Robert's Block Riesling

Robert's Block Riesling is a single vineyard wine originating from the oldest block of Riesling on the estate, named in honour of Sue-Ann's Great-Great-Great Grandfather, Robert Staff. 


Silver, 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards
Silver, 2022 International Wine Challenge
Silver, 2022 Texsom International Wine Awards


Vinification: The wine is only vinified in premium Riesling “growing / vintage years” of 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.  There will not be a 2020, 2021 nor 2022 vintage of this wine.  Grapes are crushed and pressed in an extended pressing program for gentle juice extraction.  After cool settling, the slow cool fermentation proceeded over 2 weeks with premium yeast that has been specifically selected for this block.  The young wine is aged on its fine lees for 6 months before filtering and bottling at ~14g/L R.S. 

Tasting notes: Classic Riesling expressing definitive notes of flint and wet stone accompanied by lemon, lime peel, honey suckle notes that start on the nose and transcend onto the palate.  A long clean finish persists.  Drink now to enjoy the vibrant acidity and fresh citrus notes or hold for 5 to 10 years for the almond, straw and wild honey notes to develop.

Serving suggestions: Enjoy with pan-seared trout or seafood, simply cooked with brown butter and a squeeze of lemon; porchetta or other roast pork; rich, soft cheeses; poultry; roasted turkey; choucroute garnie.

Harvest Date October 10, 2019

Blend 100% Riesling

Alcohol 11.5 %

Residual Sugar 14.0 g/L

Titratable Acidity 8.8 g/L

pH 3.0

Cases Produced 240 cases



Lovely kerosene and yellow peach aromas abound leading to a mouth-watering palate of nectarine juice. -- 94pts, International Wine Challenge

This connoisseur’s wine ticks all the boxes — balanced, clean, concentrated, complex and long. This medium-sweet, aromatic expression starts with the fragrance of salted lime sorbet then floods in with lit, citric zeal. A rush of silky, statured goodness that calls to mind lime sorbet, juicy Granny Smith, a touch of orange pith and cool stony underpinnings that linger flavour wise and texturally for ages.— 93 pts, Carolynn Evans Hammond, Torstar

From Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula wine region, Sue-Ann Staff's Robert's Block 2019 Riesling is fragrant with ripe peach, nectarine, and fresh apple; off dry, medium-bodied and mouth-watering with ripe apple, stone fruit, lemon grass, petrol and flinty mineral flavours long and silky on the palate. A perfect pairing to butter chicken and mild curries. – 93 pts, Natalie MacLean, www.nataliemaclean.com

Flinty nose with hints of lime leaf leads on to a palate of apricot, lemon and a lifted acidity. – 90pts, Decanter World Wine Awards 



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