2017 Black Sheep Riesling VQA
Honours medal awarded at the 2018 Intervin International Wine Awards
We make wine with sheep. Our eco – friendly approach to vineyard management includes a roving flock that munches on grapevine leaves. The sheep feed on the leaves thus exposing the Riesling grape clusters – which the sheep ignore – to sunlight. This brings about healthier grapes with enhanced ripeness. Aromas of crisp apple cavort with peach – pear flavours and a zip of acidity. Match this lively wine with Asian foods, creamy pasta sauces or roasted squash.
Available at the winery and at approx 175 LCBO stores in the Vintages section as a “Vintages Essential” (#80234)
“From the Niagara Peninsula wine region, Featherstone Black Sheep (2017) is a great value mouth watering Riesling under $20. Featherstone’s Black Sheep Riesling is one of the best Niagara Rieslings. Vintage after vintage, the Riesling is consistent citrus and flinty, lemon blossom and lime zest. Fresh and clean on the palate and a perfect pairing to fried chicken or grilled Bratwurst and Weisswurst. Featherstone’s Black Sheep Riesling stands shoulder to shoulder (ear to ear) with the best of Niagara Rieslings. This is one of my favourite Niagara Rieslings: delightful every vintage. The 2017 vintage is no exception with lovely bright notes of lime blossom, lemon zest and flint. Pair with fresh seafood and vegetarian dishes. This Ontario white wine offers great refreshment in the glass.” Reviewed by Natalie Maclean Score: 92/100 April 14, 2018
Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling is one of the foremost examples of Ontario Riesling. As our international reputation of excellent premium Riesling continues to grow, it will be sustained by wines such as this one. Perennially vibrant, floral, structured and fruity, this will also deliver the fine and pure mineral for which both great Riesling and Ontario are so renowned. This wine’s considerable track record suggests that it will easily reward five years in your cellar- and likely beyond.