2017 (dry) Riesling, Zabala Vineyard
Aspiring to make a dry, old-world style of Riesling, Mercy sourced two Germanic clones from vines set in extremely rocky, low-yielding topsoil. Hand-picked in late-September at 21.4º (average) Brix, the winery received golden colored fruit: two-thirds Geisenheim 110 clone and one-third Neustadt 90. Fermented together, the grapes were whole-cluster pressed with the resulting juice racked to stainless steel tank and inoculated with VL1 isolate. At dryness the wine was racked to stainless steel barrels where it aged for six months.
Fermented dry, with just the slightest touch of sweetness added back for texture, this “troken” style Riesling showcases aromas of orchard fruit as nectarine and pear notes mingle with honeysuckle, fennel, pollen and minerals in the bouquet.