- Nov 13, 2018
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Completely, and you make a great point.It is not about world class results.
It is rather about the issue that any varietal wine has environmental requirements it needs to express that varietal (i.e its Terroir). Even on a basic level. And especially for Terroir sensitive varietals (some varietals are more forgiving then Riesling).
So you can plant, for example, Riesling in a sandy loam, but it may not best express the Riesling varietal characteristics in the resulting wine. And if you are planting Riesling because you like all the varietal characteristics of Riesling, and you don't end up getting "Riesling wine" because it was planted outside its ideal Terroir, then why did you then plant Riesling?
I hope that make sense.
My research into Riesling was one of the reasons I chose it. It likes sandy loam, which drains well. It likes high diurnal climates, where it can ripen during our warm days and preserve acidity at night. It likes blue slate, which I have a bit of in my soil. It likes the mildly acidic soil that I’ve found I have.
So while I understand your advice, I don’t think I’m crazy to think I might be in a decent place for Riesling. Am I missing something?