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Upper Bench Riesling Limited Release
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Upper Bench Riesling Limited Release 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaUpper Bench has unleashed a head-turning and heart-stopping Naramata Bench riesling. Get ready for stimulating aromas of Granny Smith apple, zesty citrus, savoury snipped herbs and a subtle whiff of petrol. It has a rain-water fresh quality that conjures up Mosel rieslings, complete with delicate jasmine fragrance and salty minerals. Laser-like lemon and lime flavours arouse the tastebuds, with a touch of stone fruit and guava. Racy and nervy, it’s bone-crunchingly dry but with a fruity mid-palate that lends terrific succulence. A blade runner of a riesling, harness its electric acidity to some pork belly, smoked salmon pizza, take out Thai, or triple cream cheese on crusty baguette. Naramata’s Upper Bench continues to impress with wines that are precise, pure and expressive, made by the genius hands of owner/winemaker (ex-Poplar Grove and Painted Rock) Gavin Miller.Tasted: 21 October 2020Tasted by: Prices: BC 22.00 winery direct, VQA stores, private liquor stores Producer: Upper Bench WineryDistributors: Seacove Group
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Grape: RieslingCSPC: 598805UPC: 626990195047