2016 Riesling Ice Wine


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Tasting Notes

Aromas apricot marmalade and fresh squeezed passion fruit juice on the nose. A rich and sumptuous palate, with tropical fruit flavors of guava, blood orange, and candied pineapple with a clean finish.

The 2016 Riesling Ice Wine will make any meal a special occasion and pairs exceptionally well with each course. Try with fresh fruit or frozen grapes as an apertif, Creole seasoned crabcake or duck confit for dinner. A small wedge of camembert cheese or poached pears also make for a great dessert match.

90 Points, Wine Spectator

Winemaker's Notes

In the late summer of 2016 a block of premium Riesling grapes was identified and covered by netting to prevent predation by birds and deer.

On 12/16/16 the temperature reached 14F overnight and we harvested and immediately pressed 2.36 tons of Riesling grapes frozen on the vine to get 160 gal gallons of juice with an overall harvest chemistry of 38.4 Brix, 7.5 g/L TA and a pH of 3.52.

9 gallons of the dilute juice and was inoculated with 50 g of VL-1 yeast and 64 g Go-Ferm protect on 12/22/16. 7 more additions of juice were made over the next 2 months, always keeping the Brix of the fermentation between 20 and 30 Brix. It fermented for 62 days at temperatures between 60 and 70 F, using VL1 yeast.

The wine didn’t settle clear, and so was filtered on 06/19/17, 07/06/17, and 07/06/17. It was further filtered on 07/11/17 and was sterile filtered at bottling on 09/05/17.

Technical Data

Appellation: Finger Lakes

Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling

Alcohol: 11.8%

Residual Sugar: 19.4%

Acid: 6.8 g/L

pH: 3.52

Harvest Date: December 16, 2016

Bottling Date: September 5, 2017

Cases Produced: 120.5 (357 ml)

Vegan Friendly: Yes

2016 Riesling Ice Wine