No I am not going to kvetch about Niagara Rieslings this time. Enough negative vibes in a world that has enough negativity in it. So can Mayhem take it up a notch and introduce some positivity into the Canadian wine world with its British Columbia Riesling?
It has some aromatics that get my positive Riesling meter clicking not with radiation poisoning but with an aroma that is laid back yet assertive enough with apple, pear, lemon meringue pie, icing sugar and slate. This is no doubt a dry wine but absent a vicious acidic streak like Riesling in the Ontario Ford Nation. The palate is discrete interwoven shyly with apricot, peach, tangerine and a gentle acidity. More in the Germanic style than a Niagara Riesling. I am taken aback by the 15.2 grams of residual sugar per litre. Riesling has an uncanny ability to hide its sugar. As it stands in the bottle I think it is a food centric wine with a pork schnitzel with some pig knuckles on the side. Dry enough for lake fish and if you are in Ontario with a Lake Erie fish fry. If in British Columbia perhaps with some grilled Snapper filet.
The grapes were picked from the Garagan vineyard in Naramata from 18-year-old vines. The grapes were whole bunch pressed and fermented in stainless steel then aged on its lees for 6 months before bottling in neutral French puncheons (36%) and stainless steel (64%).
I have noted the residual sugar and as the wine warms up and you concentrate you will note some faint sugar. The winery suggests pairing with pulled pork sandwiches, mulligatawny soup or fish and chips. I’ll agree with that.
As only 161 cases produced best to contact the winery for shipping at www.mayhemwines.com
(Mayhem 2021 Riesling, Naramata Bench Okanagan Valley, BC VQA, Mayhem Wines, Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, $20.87, 12.60%, 750 mL, RKS Wine Rating 89/100).