Icewine – the ultimate waiting game… Luckily for us the 2015 harvest arrived nice and early on November 26th offering us fruit that escaped wrestling with the ravages of winter.
We hand picked at 4 AM in minus 9 C, by the light of our headlamps and our farm tractor’s overhead lights. By 7 AM the fruit was in the press and the first golden drops of nectar were falling into the juice tray.
Harvested from a handful of frozen rows, our 2015 Riesling Icewine is electrifyingly pure with incredible length and complexity.
A shimmery rich gold in the glass, aromas of roasted pineapple, fresh lemon with baked Granny Smith apples and lime-infused caramel command the nose. The palate is beautifully balanced with opulent sweetness and a hallmark Tantalus fresh acidity.
A myriad of flavours are present: layers of sliced apple, pie crust, lemon curd and peach crumble.
The finish is long, long, long….
The 2015 growing season gave us record-breaking heat but the balance in our Riesling remained intact. Curiously, once temperatures reach above 35 degrees Celsius, vines enter a dormant protective mode. Our very warm July in particular saw steady and slow ripening as opposed to what one might expect. Cooler September evenings soon arrived and offered a welcome relief as harvest commenced and the ripening phase finished off.
With a series of warm growing seasons behind us, our dedication to thoughtfully promote a healthy, balanced vineyard is paramount. Organic nutrient additions and precise canopy and irrigation management all play a vital role. In addition, we continue to farm as sustainably as possible – without the use of herbicides or pesticides. Our honey bee apiary is thriving and we’re amazed at the diversity of resident species that can be found on our property – a true testament for us to the health of our site.