Avondale Sky Riesling (750ml)
The vineyards of Avondale Sky are located on gentle southern slopes on the Avon Peninsula. Avondale Sky officially opened its doors as a winery in October of 2011. Stuart Creaser and Lorraine Vassalo bought the former St. Matthews church for $1.67, the same price the congregation paid for the building in 1844.
In May 2011, the Carpenter Gothic-style building was lifted off its foundation and transported down the coast atop a car ferry. Today the former church is the retail shop at Avondale Sky. Many of the other buildings on the site have been re-purposed as well. Winemaker, Ben Swetnam, a Nova Scotian who graduated from the Niagara College Winery and Viticulture program is the winemaker and he crafts wines for a broad range of palates.
On the nose this wine shows notes of crisp apple, lime, and pineapple, with subtle notes of honeycomb and citrus blossom. The palate shows clean citrus fruit and honey with a zippy long finish. This off-dry wine pairs well with spicy Asian cuisine, madras curry, duck, and creamy soft cheese.
This wine was fermented in stainless steel to maintain clean, fresh fruit flavours. The Riesling was fermented in two separate tanks with different yeast, one to dryness the other stalled with natural residual sugar.