Our 2013 Reserve Riesling Icewine was sourced from a single estate vineyard – Mission Hill Road in West Kelowna. It is perched on the brow of Mt. Boucherie, an inactive volcano, with steep hills and stunning views. The cooler climate there makes it ideal for growing Riesling.
Vintage 2013 was a season of change – early to start, late to finish, and with exceptional flavour potential. A warmer than normal spring brought early budbreak followed by an extremely rainy June that slowed vine growth. Balance was restored with above average temperatures in July and August allowing grapes to mature along a normal ripening curve. The warmest vintage since 2003 cooled off just in time for harvest. In September, heavy rainfall caused significant delays in the grape harvest resulting in our longest picking season ever. Overall, fruit quality was superb for both red and white varietals and the wines are showing excellent balance and character.
Icewine is a labour of love. One has to be patient to wait for the grapes on the vine, and then pick the grapes in below freezing temperatures in the early hours to ensure they are at their optimum. Our Reserve Riesling Icewine has the aromatics of apricot and citrus that are followed by orange peel, lemon marmalade, and peach flavours. The sweetness is balanced with mouth-watering acidity. A definite treat for the senses.
|7.7% Alc. | R.S. 300 g/l | T.A. 12.8 g/l | 375 mL|
|Brix at Harvest:||39.2°|
|Harvest:||November 21st 2013|
|Vineyards:||Mission Hill Road (100%)|