Citrus leaning aromas with flavors ranging from lemon cream to tangerine and apricot, finishing with grapefruit. 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, reminiscent of a lemon drop.
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 from Grishaw on October 14th and from Jamieson on the 17th from its ripest block. The fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks on its gross lees for three months, and stopped at a cold temperature to preserve residual sugar. The wine was racked off its gross lees on January 17th, 2022, and aged for another six months before being filtered on June 14th, and bottled on July 6th.
Riesling goes well with anything pork, whether it be spicy, sweet, or sour. The wine’s soft fruit and light acidity complement heavier cheese dishes, like baked raclette. Grilled seafood is another seasonable option. For dessert, try complementing the wine’s flavors with a mango sticky rice or crème brûlée.
Riesling ages wonderfully and will evolve in character with maturity. We recommend enjoying now through at least 2032.