Speck Family Reserve
From our oldest Estate vineyards in the Short Hills Bench, in most cases shovel planted by the Speck Bros starting in 1988, these wines are composed from our most interesting vineyards. Many enjoy the most southern exposure in Niagara. All are clonally selected vines except in a few special cases where the plantings are old enough to predate this practice, making these unique vineyard blocks an opportunity to add qualities that cannot easily be reproduced.
Rigorous sorting and the finest wood aging where appropriate is followed by tastings where the final seal of approval must be given by the family. From harvest to bottle these wines take 2-3 years and are cropped at levels in the 1-2 bottle per vine range (approximately 2 tonnes per acre).
“It’s a ripe offering on the nose with apple and Bosc pear fruit, butterscotch ripple, cream and toasted vanilla notes. It has good weight in the mouth with an interesting lean, mineral note through the mid-palate to go with lush apple tart, poached pear, caramel-butterscotch and vanilla spice. There is a moderate vein of acidity [...]
90 points – NatalieMaclean.com, December 30th, 2011 This is the fourth Riesling from Henry of Pelham to be produced at our highest level of commitment and quality, the Speck Family Reserve series (first was in 2002) We have been producing Riesling wines from this vineyard site since its first crop in 1988, and some lovely [...]
This wine displays wonderful concentration of dense brambly fruit (raspberry, blackberry and currant) while the palate shows staunch structure within a velvet glove and a finish that though satisfying and long, is merely hinting at the complexity and pleasure once it has aged.
93 Points – Rick VanSickle, WinesInNiagara.com, November 2012 Concentrated dark fruit tones balanced by black raspberry nuances.