Icewine – the ultimate waiting game… Luckily for us the 2016 harvest arrived nice and early on December 8th, offering us fruit that escaped wrestling with the ravages of winter.
Picking commenced in the pitch dark shortly after our Riesling Icewine fruit came in at 6 AM and by 7 the grapes were in the press and the first ruby red-coloured dribbles of juice were flowing into the juice tray.
One of a only a sprinkling of Syrah Icewines made in the world, this wonderfully unique wine carries a beautiful amber pink colour.
In the glass, aromas of fresh strawberry and rhubarb pie emerge complemented by rose petal and a lovely savoury note reminiscent of sweet roasted beets. The wine exhibits a lush palate of sweet bumble berry jam and sour apple candy.
The finish is lengthy and offers an intriguing back note of sage and white pepper. Our Syrah Icewine is lovely now, but will age gracefully for many years.
The 2016 growing season started off quickly. Budbreak was record breaking and the ensuing Spring growth was rapid. Despite the early start to the season, cooling summer rains soon arrived and slowed growth down to a more normal pace.
Late summer and early fall turned warm and sunny once again, but with cooler than usual evenings the fruit was able to ripen evenly despite the warm daytime temperatures. The 2016 harvest kept us on our toes with a long, drawn out ripening phase and gave us one of the longest harvest windows to date.
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.