Wine Review & Notes
This Airfield Estates Riesling wine is sourced from their Black Rock Vineyard. These vines are among the oldest vines on the farm, planted in 1979. They are planted on a West facing slope of 6%, which lies just above Black Rock Creek, for which the Vineyard is named. The Creek provides air drainage to the vineyard, which aids in its ability to avoid Spring frost damage. The plant population is somewhat lower than most of our vineyard. The spacing and a sagging trellis gives this vineyard a unique look. The top flavor profiles of our Estate Riesling consistently are found/sourced from this block.
The goals for this Airfield Estates Riesling wine were fruit-focused aromatics and crisp acidity. This style is best achieved in a stainless steel tank to preserve fruitiness. The winemaking begins with a pre-sort to make sure only ideal clusters are vinified. After this, the grapes go straight to press as whole clusters. The juice is pumped to tank where it is settled for 48 hours before racking to a new tank to start fermentation. Fermentation is started in tank and is kept at 60 degrees throughout fermentation. The wine is fermented to the desired dryness and then SO2 is added and the temperature is dropped to 40 degrees. After racking off of the yeast the wine is heat and cold stabilized. The wine is then filtered and bottled under screw caps in late May.
pairs well with a wide variety of foods, such as poultry, pork, fish, spicy Asian cuisine, and desserts.