Shady Lane Cellars Semi-Dry Riesling 2005
Harvest Notes: This was the earliest harvest ever for this wine. The warm season started to push sugars and acids into a range that was not typical of the style of wine we like to make so we picked the fruit before it became too "warm climate" in nature. We want to respect the stone fruit aspects of this wine while retaining good, vibrant acidity "cool climate" Riesling is what we are about. Winemaking Notes: We combined whole cluster pressing for some lots with some light skin contact for other lots. The wine was fermented in stainless steel at moderate temperatures and the fermentations stopped at a range of 0% to 5% residual sugar. The wine was immediately racked, filtered and blended leaving 3% residual sugar in the final wine. We bottle this wine early to maintain the fresh fruit qualities of the variety. Tasting Notes: This wine is packed with fresh peach and tropical fruit. There are very definite supporting notes of honeysuckle, apricot, citrus and mineral. The residual sugar is carefully balanced with vibrant, racy acidity that keeps the finish of this wine clean and crisp. Recognitions: Riesling has become one of the wines we are known for as our 2004 Semi-Dry won Best of Class in the Riesling category in the 2006 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and our 2005 won Best of Class in the Semi-Dry category in the Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition. Technical Notes: Appellation: Leelanau Peninsula Harvest: Oct. 15, 2005 Brix : 22.1 average pH : 3.2 TA: 8.9 grams/liter Alcohol: 11.4% RS: 3.0% Production: 1300 cases Return to Shady Lane wine list
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Under the winemaking direction of Larry Mawby (L. Mawby Vineyards), Shady Lane Cellars produced its first wines in 1992. Now, Adam Satchwell is winemaker and his success has been nothing short of phenomenal. Shady Lane Cellars 2004 Semi-Dry Riesling took top honors at The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and won the prestigious Schott Zwiesel Best of Class Gold Medal at the largest judging of American wines in the U.S.The 2005 Semi-Dry Riesling follows in the footsteps of the highly lauded 2004. Satchwell believes that 2005 was possibly the best vintage ever for Shady Lane. With nearly perfect weather, 2005 was a riper vintage than 2004 and thus the 2005 is packed with fresh peach and tropical fruit aromas with mirrored flavors. Dry Riesling aficionados will find that this semi-dry version perfectly balances fruit sweetness and vibrant acidity, matching it to sushi and spicy Asian dishes.This wine won Best of Class Semi-Dry White earlier this month at the 29th annual Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition.