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Wine Recommendation

Persimmon Creek Vineyards 2005 Late Harvest Riesling, Trillium Vineyard (Georgia)

Persimmon Creek Vineyards

2005 Late Harvest Riesling, Trillium Vineyard

Persimmon Creek is the only winery in Georgia currently making estate grown and produced Riesling. The winery’s elevation and soils seem to complement this variety, known for its love of cold German weather and steep terrain. While dry Riesling finished in stainless steel is also made, the Trillium vineyard (named for Georgia’s most popular native forest plant) is used only for their Late Harvest wine and sees some oak.

The winery grows this grape without irrigation, although with Georgia’s changing climate, this may turn out to be a bit more risky than planned. Quick-draining alluvial soils reflect the sunlight, adding to hang times and mature ripening of this fruit. A VSP trellising system is used to maximize exposure in the west-facing rows.

The results are very encouraging with crisp character in a fragrant, flowery, peachy nose, and balanced acidity with hints of apricot nectar. And a lusty, sweet finish. Partial botrytis, a natural mold, gives this wine its lush, sweet character. The 2005 crop (118 plants) was picked in mid November with a satisfying eight percent residual sugar.

Reviewed January 26, 2008 by Gregory McCluney.


Other Awards & Accolades

Silver Medal - Hilton Head Winefest
Bronze Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Other reviewed wines from Persimmon Creek Vineyards


The Wine

Winery: Persimmon Creek Vineyards
Vineyard: Trillium Vineyard
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Late Harvest Riesling
Appellation: Georgia
Grape: Riesling
Price: 375ml $28.00

Review Date: 1/26/2008

The Reviewer

Gregory McCluney

Greg McCluney has been writing about wine since 1987 and has judged many competitions including the Atlanta International Wine Summit, Florida Suncoast Winefest, Northwest Wine Competition and the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. His work has appeared in numerous regional, national and international publications including Wines & Vines, AirTran Arrivals in-flight magazine, Atlanta Magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tampa Bay’s Best, Atlanta Wine School and the James Beard Foundation publications. He conducts wine education classes and consults on wine selections for retail and restaurant clients.