2019 2019 Poet's Leap Botrytis Riesling
- Winemaker Gilles Nicault
- Appellation Columbia Valley
- Varietal Botrytis Riesling
Botrytis Cinerea, also known as “noble rot”, is a beneficial mold that grows on ripe wine grapes in the vineyard under specific climatic conditions. The mold dehydrates the grapes, leaving them shriveled and raisinated which concentrates the sugars and flavors. Wines made from these berries have a rich, complex, honeyed character and are higher in residual sugar.
The 2019 Poet’s Leap Botrytis Riesling (375ml) is a rare and multi-layered dessert wine bursting with well-ripened fruit, honey, and marmalade flavors. Although ready to drink now, this opulent late harvest Riesling will age beautifully to provide many years of enjoyment.
The 2019 Poet's Leap Botrytis Riesling is only the second time that Gilles Nicault has made this wine over the past decade. Sourced from The Benches Vineyard this 13% residual sugar, Auslese style Riesling shows honeysuckle and orange marmalade tones woven together with candied ginger and apricot tones that all take shape in the glass. The palate is very fresh and refined with Golden Delicious apple, sweetened papaya, with white raisin. The length and generous texture really add to the enjoyment as this beautiful new wine will have a long life ahead of it.
The best Botrytis infected grapes of the year were meticulously hand-selected from a special block at The Benches planted with German Riesling clones. Located on a high bluff overlooking the Columbia River where a consistent breeze and cool nights keep the Botrytis pristine in favorable years, good airflow allows the grapes to stay healthy until picking commences late in the season.