SWEDISH HILL PRESS |
Swedish Hill Winery is excited to announce the upcoming addition of two new single vineyard wines this month. The 2013 Humphreys Vineyard Riesling and the 2013 Doyle Vineyard Gewürztraminer will be released and available online at www.SwedishHill.com and at their Finger Lakes tasting room located on Route 414 in Romulus, NY on November 15, 2014.
Single vineyard wines are story tellers of the Finger Lakes in that each bottling exhibits the distinctive flavors of a particular plot of land, known by wine aficionados as “terroir.” Each batch boasts individual flavors from a combination of factors of that particular plot from the soil, elevation, and distance from the lakes to the age of the vines, the management style of the canopy, and even the climate. They haven’t been blended with other vineyards of the same variety. They are pure and they are distinct. These are the stories that Swedish Hill is thrilled to tell with these two new products.
The grapes of the 2013 Humphreys Vineyard Riesling come from Humphreys Vineyard that is owned and farmed by Harry Humphreys, a long time winegrower of premium wine grapes in the Finger Lakes. The grapes for this wine come from a Riesling block near Dundee on the West side of Seneca Lake planted in 1996 on gravelly loam soils. Swedish Hill has made wine from these grapes since the first harvest from this vineyard in 1998 and have found that the fruit from this block is ideal for producing drier styles of Riesling.
The 2013 Doyle Vineyard Gewürztraminer comes from a somewhat younger vineyard that was planted in 2003, owned and managed by the Doyle Family. This block, ideally situated on the West side of Seneca Lake near Dresden, has loamy high limestone soils that are ideal for Gewürztraminer. Fermentation in neutral oak barrels with extended “sur lie” aging has resulted in a full bodied and very dry Gewürztraminer.
Owner of Swedish Hill Winery, Dave Peterson, recognizes the trend of single vineyard wines within the history of his winery and commented how “the credibility of Finger Lakes wines and the evolution of the industry makes this the right time to release single vineyard wines. When we released our first single vineyard wine more than 15 years ago, most visitors were confused by the wines and thought we were selling another producers wine. We haven’t released another since. However, now people are seeking out single vineyard wines and are excited to experience the different flavors produced by the different sites, and appreciate the stories about the wines much more than before. There is a fueling “sense of place” and consumers are developing a connection to what the wines offer, and we’re thrilled to provide that experience with these new releases.”
Only 150 cases of each of these handcrafted wines were bottled with extensive attention to detail in their production.