Wyncroft 2014 Riesling (Dry), Wren Song Vineyard, Lake Michigan Shore
Item Number: 10954
Sub Region: Lake Michigan Shore
Appellation/AVA: Lake Michigan Shore
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Wren Song Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 72
2014 Vintage Notes: 2014 was the vintage following the “Polar Vortex” winter, which killed many vines and nearly all the fruit buds on the survivors. Thus 2014 was a most meager of harvests. The cool summer required fruit hang to go late into the year.
Vineyard Notes: The Wren Song Vineyard is situated on a northwest-facing slope at the edge of the moraine overlooking the village of Baroda. The five-acre vineyard was planted in 2003 by Jim Lester's late friend Doug Nitz. Jim consulted on the clonal selections and rootstocks for the vineyard. The vineyard was planted to four clones of Riesling that would blend well together. Clone 10 from Austria contributes body, minerality, and grapefruit flavors. Geisenheim 198 clone adds classic apple and stone fruit. Geisenheim 110 and Neustadt clone 90 add ripe peach, nectarine, and mandarin orange notes.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes were harvested within the last few days of October with the perfect amount of sugar and acidity to make a bold dry Alsatian-style wine somewhat reminiscent of dry Vendange Tardive. There was about 20% noble botrytis, which helps add complexity with age.
Tasting Notes: The nose is intensely fragrant with minerals, honeyed peaches, apples, and a smoky-flint element. The palate is full and fat with stone fruits, apples and tangy mineral-laden acidity. The finish is long and echoes the palate. This wine will gain weight in the midpalate along with some classic pine resin with age. Pair the Wren Song Riesling with shrimp, lobster, rich pork dishes, German sausages, root vegetables, and Swiss cheeses.