2020 Ancienne Riesling

$39.13 / 750mL

2020 Ancienne Riesling

The inaugural iteration of this cuvée, representing a pivotal  juncture in the evolution of our Home Farm Riesling block. Farmed biodynamically, this vineyard is meticulously maintained by hand to optimize ripening with extensive canopy management including fruit zone leaf removal and cluster thinning.

Hand-harvested on the 23rd of October, a relatively early pick for this variety given the warmth of the 2020 growing season. A rigorous hand-sorting took place before whole-cluster pressing with a long, specialized press cycle.

Primary fermentation with indigenous yeasts took place over six months in Stockinger (Austria) foudre, providing layers of complexity, depth and texture. A full malolactic fermentation helped to naturally soften the bright, cool climate acidity. Aged a total of ten months on lees in foudre before bottling on September 9th 2021 with minimal sulphur addition. Aged in bottle a further 12 months before release.

Technical Details

Varietal Composition
100% Riesling
Total Acidity
6.5 g/L
Residual Sweetness
3.6 g/L
318 cases (12 x 750 mL)
Organic (Ecocert Canada) & Biodynamic (Demeter)  

Tasting Notes

Pale yellow gold in the glass. Gently complex nose with suggestions of lemon tart, tangerine rind and almond croissant, layered over a briny saline core. The palate is dry with hints at melon, beeswax and marjoram. The silky, textured mid-palate is indicative of the 10 months spent on lees in foudre.

Pairing suggestions include roast pork loin with squash purée, white bean soup and lobster thermidor.

Serving Temperature: 9-10°C

Recommended Drinking: 2022-2028