No need to beat around the bush here. Almost all Ontario Riesling gives me a puckered up mouth and is akin to sucking on a grapefruit. Being schooled on German Rieslings years ago Ontario Rieslings were a shock and still are a shock. I will venture out on my thin ice and try one now and then. If I had a go to Ontario Riesling I could rely on it would be “Elevation St Urban” from Vineland Estates at $19.95.
When staying in Niagara-on-the-Lake this summer I decided to purchase a Two Sister’s 2017 Riesling for a Christmas roast turkey dinner. It might be the best Ontario Riesling but at $47.80 it certainly isn’t the cheapest.
There is an aura of a lot of money at Two Sisters both in its facilities and its rather expensive Kitchen 76 Restaurant where very well-heeled boomers appeared to be spreading around the cash like money was no object! More than a few Mercedes and Audi’s in the parking lot. I get the sense there is much Toronto money resident in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Yes the $36 truffle pizza was excellent but the rest of the fare was average considering the steep prices. And was it $26 for a glass of Merlot?
I suppose $47.80 for the 2017 Riesling can be considered a treat that is worth it. On the nose apple, pear, musk melon and marzipan. On the palate there is a degree of tartness I have come to expect from an Ontario Riesling but it is gentle as well as its acidity which is not in your face but lurking discretely in the background. More apple, pear and some guava. Moderate finish. And it suits turkey to a tee. I must say for this price Germany offers much better value.
You’ll have to order from the winery.
(Two Sisters 2017 Riesling, VQA Niagara Escarpment, Two Sisters Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-Lake, $47.80, 750 mL, 10.2%, RKS Wine Rating 89/100).