Hidden Bench Estate Riesling 2011, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula

Riesling Riesling
Ontario, Canada

$23.95 (183491)

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Here's a terrifically intense, tense, lively and flavourful estate riesling from Hidden Bench in 2011. Acids are quivering and saliva-inducing, and fruit is mainly in the citrus fruit spectrum but with splendid complexity and lots of mineral character and even palpable dusty texture. 11.5% alcohol makes me want to come back for more; very good to excellent length. Score: 91(John Szabo, MS, WineAlign.com, May 2013)
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July 06, 2013

Critic Reviews (3)

John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

Here's a terrifically intense, tense, lively and flavourful estate riesling from Hidden Bench in 2011. Acids are...

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David Lawrason
David Lawrason

Hidden Bench continues to impress with its bold, fulsome dry rieslings. This is an powerful stuff, with a very...

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Julian Hitner
Julian Hitner

Pale lime in colour, the 2011 Estate Riesling reveals beautiful scents of citrus-driven dried white peaches, subtle...

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David Brodati
David Brodati

Pale straw colour with the slightest green tinge, this Beamsville Bench estate sourced wine embodies what Ontario Riesling is all about. A fresh citrus and mineral laden nose with more citrus fruit, mineral notes, some spice, herbs and fresh acidity on the palate. Nice complexity and length with a touch of heat on the finish. 2011 was a good vintage for this varietal in Niagara and this Hidden Bench offering doesn't disappoint. Nov. 2013.

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Evan Keaschuk
Evan Keaschuk

This is exactly what I look for in a dry riesling. Loads of citurs and green apple notes on the nose, along with hints of petrol and honey. On the palate, the citrus shines through with a lot of minerality. The acidity is mouth-watering and it has excellent length. Exactly what I want to drink on a hot afternoon, especially considering the 11.5% alcohol. This is what dry riesling producers in Ontario should strive to produce. Tasted July 2013.

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Philip Coville
Philip Coville

Impressive effort. Would love to have more of this in my cellar, but alas it is too easy to open.

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Neil Lightfoot
Neil Lightfoot

Clean, fresh and jumping out of the glass. Pale straw in colour - I get lots of floral on the nose, more lime than lemon and tons of grapefruit. I also get some stone fruit mainly white peach. The palate has more grapefruit and some great minerality and complexity. There is some racey acidity with a bit of a bite but it's softened since my last tasting.

It really begs for another glass, fantastic bottle.

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Jason Solanki
Jason Solanki

Clean and fresh aromas of lime and minerality. Lots of zesty citrus with zippy acidity on the palate that finishes with some tart lime. Well-balanced with a medium-length finish. Needs some time to soften. Tasted Nov/2012.

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