Region: Finger Lakes, NY, USA
First Glance: rich yellow fruit, honeyed, off-dry, spice
Acclaim: 92 points
Best New Winery Of The Year - James Halliday, Wine Companion Awards 2022
Living Roots is the joining of forces between Sebastian Hardy, great-great-great grandson of national icon Thomas Hardy, and New York-born Colleen. The young couple met at Hardy’s Tintara when Colleen worked as cellar hand during vintage in 2014, and in 2016 they started their own vinous joint venture. Uniquely, the two make wines both from South Australia and from the Finger Lakes district in New York state, with small winery operations and tasting rooms set up in Adelaide Hills and Rochester NY, respectively. The overall style is free-spirited and innovative, but always incredibly well-made, and the range constantly evolves with rolling vintages and fruit sources.
This is one of the American bottlings from the cool Finger Lakes district in New York state. Bright aromatics and tropical fruit characters, with some 'noble rot' botrytis in the grapes concentrating the sugars and contributing to the richness on the palate. We stopped the ferment early for a bit of residual sugar to balance the racy acidity.
92Pts, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
Finger Lakes Riesling y’all.
Delicious! Holds that residual sugar beautifully. Honey notes, strong citrus core, green apple sweetness and faint truffle/mushroom characters leading us down the gentle botrytis path. Long, great texture, freshness for days. Great thing to slosh around."