2014 Robert's Block Riesling

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.  

Vineyard Data:
-harvested exclusively from the oldest block of Riesling estate vineyard in Jordan, ON, sub appellation 20 Mile Bench, 20+ year old vines grown on thin clay soils with escarpment limestone rock beneath
-2014 – cool year hence acidity nicely retained in fruit
-low yields with tiny berries resulting in 21.7 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 terroir
-left on gross lees for 5 months with very little agitation, no blending or fining required, to build texture
-allowed to age one year in bottle before release.

Technical Data:
Alcohol   11.0%                         Residual Sugar     16 g/L (LCBO = 1)
pH           3.12                           Total Acidity          8.8 g/L
Bottled   February 2015            Cases produced    199 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 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 fresh cut yellow grapefruit, green apple, honey and minerality.  Lengthy, transitioning, complex, zippy with a commendable extract.  Finishes dry.  Drinking well now until 2021 minimum.  Enjoy with seafood, fish, appetizers, poultry, and salads or simply on its own.


Natalie MacLean 2016  93/100


rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

Sue-Ann staff is sometimes fondly referred to as the Riesling wizard of Niagara. She is not the only producer succeeding in quality riesling, but one would be hard pressed to find a more reliable producer. With Staff's Riesling, every year impresses.
This allotment of vines are older and low yielding. This means what little grapes the vine produces are more concentrated and flavourful. Pale and youthful looking. Energizing and vibrant, this wine is very dry but fruity. Wonderful aromas of guava, lemon juice, key lime, apple sauce, honeysuckle, and slate. The palate is zippy, but not so puckering it's unapproachable. Lots of fresh citrus: lime, lemon, and tangerine. Guava, lemon, and pie apple on the finish. 
A fabulous and age-able wine that would also go great with red snapper or a cobb salad.



    Collections: White Wines

    Category: Riesling, Robert's Block

    Type: White

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