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.
-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
-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.
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
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.
Greg Hughes rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:
SILVER MEDAL 2017 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Lavalle Staff was Sue-Ann's grandfather... a great lover of everything sweet including toffees, caramels, boxes of chocolate and women! He'd be...
GOLD MEDAL 2017 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Sue-Ann’s Mentor and Grandmother, Lula Staff, would say “I love your Riesling”. A light-hearted, semi-dry wine with vibrant acidity, just like her. ...