Handcrafted, organic bio-wine prepared through sustainable environmental practices that has a fragrant floral nose with delicate peach and tropical notes. A lively palate shows mandarin orange, quince, and candied lemon. Pure and bright acidity balances the richness. This vibrant, juicy wine shows beautiful concentrated flavours and a lingering mineral finish.
- 91 points, rated by David Lawrason.
This is a very fine, firm, subtle and dry, crunchy riesling. When last tasted in January 2015, the lifted nose was showing intriguing citrus like honeyed grapefruit or orange nuances amid green apple and stony notes. It has 13.7 residual sugar but you would never guess that from the mouthwatering acidity and mineral finish. It is solid and well structured with excellent length, and the great energy I have come to expect from organically grown Bench riesling
- 90 points, rated by John Szabo MS.
One of the province’s top riesling producers, Hidden Bench regularly delivers quality far above the average – there’s simply no substitute for meticulous farming. Their 2013 Estate Riesling is clean, pure, crisp, dry and firmly structured, with very good to excellent length and depth. Even though this is the “mere” estate blend, this could easily sit among the top single vineyard bottlings in the region, at a nice price. Tasted July 2014.
- 90 points, rated by Sara D’Amato.
A firm, lip-smacking and taut riesling with a lovely oily texture. Pure and authentic flavours of pear, apple, and peach fruit dominate the palate. The wine feels riper than usual but very pleasant. Lovely mineral flavour and texture, medium bodied and tongue-coating. Very good balance. Just slightly off-dry. Tasted May 2015.
The Estate Riesling Vineyards were meticulously maintained to capture their varietal character. Bunches were exposed to sunlight at fruit set with leaf removal on the East side of the canopy to maximize fruit ripening while some leaves on the West side were left to protect against sunburn. Green harvest – the elimination of under-ripe bunches – was performed at the first sign of maturity and only non-touching, evenly spaced bunches exposed to sunlight remained to promote ripening, concentrate flavours and to best express our Beamsville Bench terroir.
The grapes were handpicked, sorted and gently whole bunch pressed. Only the best quality juice was kept from the press, the equivalent of 42hL per hectare (2.7-3 tons/acre). The juice was cold settled for 2 days, then racked of its lees ( the heavy sediment) and warmed to 18 degrees Celsius to begin fermentation. Cool fermentation lasted 2 months which gives the wine wonderful complexity.
About Hidden Bench Vineyards & Winery
Owner Harald Thiel’s uncompromising attention to detail has landed Hidden Bench in the Canadian Wine Awards’ top 10 every year since the winery opened in 2007 – with Nuit Blanche named Canadian White Wine of the Year. This small, yet modern and sophisticated estate winery is tucked away on Locust Lane in the Beamsville Bench appellation, essentially hidden by vines. HB’s primary focus is to showcase the terroir of the Beamsville Bench through their award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling offerings. Limited-edition rarities like Tête de Cuvée Chardonnay are made in special vintages as well.
Each and every wine at Hidden Bench is made under strict conditions:
- Sustainable practices, which means 100% organically certified fruit from only estate vineyards.
- Individually bunch sorted white wine varietals and bunch sorted and then individual berry sort all of the red wine varietals.
- Non-interventionist, minimalist winemaking approach with gentle handling of the wine throughout the winemaking process.
- All wines are made with wild yeast and anything that doesn’t ferment naturally is inoculated and declassified into the winery’s bistro label.
Our mission is produce internationally recognized, superior wines made exclusively with estate grown fruit from the Beamsville Bench VQA sub-appellation that are reflective of this unique terroir. The quality of our wine is a product of our passion for uncompromising excellence and attention to detail, which our clients value and the reason that they seek out our wines. We achieve our mission and vision by working together in a spirit of teamwork and mutual respect in accordance with our core values and above all, enjoying what we do and having a lot of fun while creating and sharing our wine.
We believe that the Beamsville Bench’s unique terroir and our sustainable viticulture practices, coupled with our low-yield crop management provides Hidden Bench with the best fruit, producing wines of pronounced character complexity and bearing a sense of place and time.
We enhance the winemaking and viticulture process by the selective application of the latest technology in the vineyard and the winery while respecting the traditional non-interventional winemaking style and sustainability that we embrace.
We apply sustainable best practices in the vineyard and the winery to reduce our environmental footprint. We use environmentally sound practices and products wherever possible in the making and marketing of our wines and all the while protecting the resources and infrastructure of Hidden Bench.
An ongoing passion for excellence and a contagious enthusiasm are the cornerstones of our mission and vision. Our meticulous attention to detail distinguish and differentiate our wines and our winery from our contemporaries.
Specialty: Gluten-free, Organic