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Sheldrake Point Vineyard Bunch Select Riesling 2006

External Review by Appellation America:

What’s most attractive about Sheldrake Point 2006 Bunch Select Riesling is what it is not. Unlike many desert wines that strive to overwhelm, this is not cloyingly sweet, overwrought, or exhausting on the palate. Made in select years when the noble rot, botrytis, hits Sheldrake’s Riesling vineyards on the west side of Cayuga Lake, workers hand pick botrytis infected clusters from the standard Riesling harvest. The clusters are gently pressed, for the most part, and fermented slow and cold, at 55 degrees F. The result is that this wine delivers some botrytis character on the nose with smells of candied apricot and flavors of kiwi-strawberry and nutella. Showing an elegant balance of acids and sugars, the wine has 6 percent residual sugar and 12 percent alcohol. The wine, one of several Rieslings produced by Sheldrake, was developed in 2000 when a visiting French winemaker noticed the botrytis and declared that it could make a fine dessert wine. Four have been made since then, with 100 cases of this 2006 produced. “When you have onions, you eat onions,” said Sheldrake general manager Robert Madill. “When we have botrytis, we make this wine.”A dessert wine of moderation in all ways, Sheldrake’s Bunch Select Riesling is a refreshing respite.

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Region: USA » New York » Cayuga Lake

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Color: White
Varietal: Riesling
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Sheldrake Point Winery:
Sheldrake Point Winery was founded in 1997. The company is licensed as a New York State Winery and owns and operates a 155 acre farm located on the shores of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes, a vineyard of 44 acres planted to Vinifera vines, a winery producing 8000 cases and Simply Red Bistro serving savory American cuisine. Our current investor Members are drawn from three families. Members who... Read more
Sheldrake Point Winery was founded in 1997. The company is licensed as a New York State Winery and owns and operates a 155 acre farm located on the shores of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes, a vineyard of 44 acres planted to Vinifera vines, a winery producing 8000 cases and Simply Red Bistro serving savory American cuisine. Our current investor Members are drawn from three families. Members who are company officers include Chuck Tauck as Senior Managing Partner (principal owner) and Bob Madill as Winegrower, General Manager and Partner. Partners Michael and Marjorie Adams live in Australia and are engaged in developing a wine export business. Greg Sandor, who founded the company and acted as General Manager from 1997 through the spring of 1999, has established Bridge Urban Winery in Brooklyn.. Read less

External Reviews for Sheldrake Point Vineyard Bunch Select Riesling

External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

What’s most attractive about Sheldrake Point 2006 Bunch Select Riesling is what it is not. Unlike many desert wines that strive to overwhelm, this is not cloyingly sweet, overwrought, or exhausting on the palate. Made in select years when the noble rot, botrytis, hits Sheldrake’s Riesling vineyards on the west side of Cayuga Lake, workers hand pick botrytis infected clusters from the standard Riesling harvest. The clusters are gently pressed, for the most part, and fermented slow and cold, at 55 degrees F. The result is that this wine delivers some botrytis character on the nose with smells of candied apricot and flavors of kiwi-strawberry and nutella. Showing an elegant balance of acids and sugars, the wine has 6 percent residual sugar and 12 percent alcohol. The wine, one of several Rieslings produced by Sheldrake, was developed in 2000 when a visiting French winemaker noticed the botrytis and declared that it could make a fine dessert wine. Four have been made since then, with 100 cases of this 2006 produced. “When you have onions, you eat onions,” said Sheldrake general manager Robert Madill. “When we have botrytis, we make this wine.”A dessert wine of moderation in all ways, Sheldrake’s Bunch Select Riesling is a refreshing respite.




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