The 2014 Riesling had ideal ripening allowing for both intensity of flavour and the trademark racy mineral acidity. The nose shows lime zest, exotic citrus, golden apple, peach, nectarine and some complex earthy, lees and wet rock notes. The palate is dry, racy, mineral and fresh with high juicy acidity, lots of chalky minerality, lime juice, lemon, granny smith apple, fresh green herbs, apricot, peach, green papaya with oyster shell and wet rock on the long, powerful finish. Drink now or cellar for a decade and more.
Vintage & Production
2014 was another excellent vintage allowing for a ripe and intense Riesling while still retaining the core of acidity that comes from the calcium carbonate rich soils of the Mulberry Tree Vineyard. Small clusters resulted in a small yield but the trade-off was lots of flavour concentration. The six different clones were whole cluster pressed directly to old, neutral barrels and a stainless steel tank to ferment slowly on the lees. After eight months on the lees it was racked and then filtered before bottling in May 2015.
About Little Farm Winery
Little Farm Winery is the small hands-on operation of Rhys Pender MW and Alishan Driediger. It started with a passion for wine and developed into growing and producing Chardonnay and Riesling from their Mulberry Tree Vineyard at their home in Cawston, BC in the beautiful Similkameen Valley. The goal was always to make wines with minimal manipulation and intervention that really capture the vineyard site and each year's unique growing season. The vines were planted in 2009 on the calcium carbonate rich soil, braving the unforgiving Similkameen sun and wind. The first wines were made in 2011. Little Farm Winery will never be big and will always focus on making small batches of single-vineyard wine that reflect each site's unique characteristics. The goal is to make interesting, characterful, natural-ish wines and look after our little farm.
-- Rhys Pender MW, Wine Grower & Alishan Driediger, Winemaker