Gray Monk Riesling 2020
#BCWineMonth continues. BC Riesling... really just Riesling in general, varies so much. It is one of my favourite varietals for its incredible diversity, racy acidity and its ability to pair with such a range of food. BC, with its diverse growing regions, provides so many styles for this New World wine. If you’re looking for dry, minerality and acidity, you’ll find it. If you’re looking for sweer, late harvest, even ice wine, BC does that too.
Last night we grabbed a bottle of of Gray Monk‘s 2020 Riesling. Located in Lake Country, towards the northern end of the Okanagan Valley, this winery does quite a few Germanic or Alsacean style wines. Some really unique varietals too like Kerner, Sieggerbe and Pinot Auxerrois. This wine did not disappoint.
Clear, pale lemon and just slightly off dry, the nose was full of fruit like honeydew melon, green apple, lemon, lime and notes of elderflower and wet stone. On the palate the wine was light+ bodied and followed the nose with green apple, peach, bright citrus fruits like lemon, grapefruit and pomelo and just bit of white pineapple and green melon. The finish lingered with the citrus notes and that bit of minerality and lively acidity.
If you’re looking for a wine to pair with sushi, I would love to see what this wine does with the rich fish, aromatic ginger and umami filled soy. In contrast, a pork tenderloin with a parsnip purée and mushroom sauce... this bright acidity would be in stark contrast in a good way. Or honestly, just get to the winery, sit on their patio overlooking the lake and enjoy it on its own.