50th Parallel Estate 2013 Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $18

By on February 6, 2015

50th-parallel-estate-riesling-2013-bottleAs soon as he arrived in 2003, New Zealand-trained winemaker Grant Stanley took Quails’ Gate to new heights in British Columbia during his decade of work across the William R. Bennett Bridge from Kelowna. He’s doing the same for this young brand north of Kelowna, and this marks his first vintage with the Krouzels. The 21-day fermentation, classified as “icy cold,” fosters aromas of maraschino cherry, Golden Delicious apple, lemongrass, peach blossom and clove. On the palate, it’s scintillating at 1% residual sugar as it picks up flavors of maraschino cherry, nectarine and jasmine. Steely acidity pushes through to the finish of pink grapefruit. Suggested fare include fresh fruit, salads and light seafood.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 317 cases

Alcohol: 12%

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