Citrus leaning aromas with flavors ranging from a very ripe apple to tangerine and apricot. A mouth-coating texture comes from time with lees contact—an aspect Winemaker Sean O’Keefe enjoys. Containing roughly half of the residual sugar compared to the regional style with a present acid tension, our Late Harvest is less obviously sweet and strikes better balance.
Late Harvest translates to Spätlese, which is German for “a special selection of the ripest grapes of the harvest”. In the United States, these wines are often very sweet, but here at Mari we seek balance. Although our Late Harvest is a lush wine with obvious sweetness, the focus is on the ripeness of the fruit flavor, not the residual sugar content. “Late Harvest” is also a legally protected term—under law, no sugar can be added to increase sweetness or alcohol. It is a delicate balancing act of preserving underlying acid structure with the ripe fruit.
The bird on the bottle is a symbol of Sean’s journey as Mari’s winemaker. This bird is a magpie with a grape in its mouth, flying from a gilded birdcage, ready to stretch its creative wings.
The grapes were harvested in two batches at peak ripeness on October 16th and 29th, and were pressed on the 17th and 29th respectively. The fruit was fermented separately in stainless steel tanks on its lees, and stopped at a cold temperature to preserve residual sugar. The two batches were blended together on January 15th, 2021, racked on July 6th, and bottled on July 28th after one light filtration.
Sweeter Rieslings go well with anything pork, whether it be spicy or sweet and sour. The soft fruit and light acidity helps our Late Harvest compliment heavier cheese dishes, like baked raclette (try with pork sausage, bread, & pears) or macaroni and cheese with ham. For dessert, try pairing with a mango sticky rice or other tropical fruit.
Riesling ages wonderfully and will evolve in character with maturity. A patina effect can create new flavors that some describe as “petrol”. We recommend enjoying now through at least 2031.