Last September we had the chance to (finally) visit the Lake Erie North Shore (LENS) wine region in Ontario’s southwest. We only had a couple days, and we were attending the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival, so we couldn’t make it to every winery. I was really impressed with what we did sample, and I’ve been vocal that this region is definitely one to watch!
Having tasted several reds from the region over the years (courtesy of local expert Gary Killops), I knew the region made killer Cab Sauv and Syrah. I was surprised to find great Riesling on our visit as well, with several exhibiting Niagara Bench characteristics of stone fruit, great acidity, and minerality.
We stopped in at CREW and happened to meet with owner/winemaker Bernie Gorski who gave us a mini-tour. We sampled and bought several big reds, but also discovered this great Riesling.
2013 CREW Riesling VQA Lake Erie North Shore
Light golden colour with greenish hue. The nose is stone fruit (peaches & nectarines), lemon drop candies, some white flower honey and hints of petrol. On the palate, the juicy sweet stone fruit dominates, with a nice yin & yang contrast from some racy acidity and a core of minerality. An aftertaste of bright lemonade dries to a lime zest finish. $15.