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2016 Riesling Icewine


Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard | VQA — St David’s Bench

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Winemaker's Notes

We pick our Icewine at -10°C or colder to make sure every ounce of water left in the grapes is completely frozen. We don’t want to dilute this incredible wine in any way. Once in the Harvest Room we press the frozen bunches of grapes at up to 100 psi just to extract a few trickles of the thick and sweet juice. Because the juice is so cold and sweet we have to use aggressive yeast to start and maintain fermentation, which can take several months. The wine is sweet but is finely balanced with fruit flavours and a strong backbone of acidity. Riesling is one of the great white grape varieties with excellent aging potential. This wine is a terrific example.

Vineyard Manager's Notes

Riesling can be challenging in the vineyard. Too much moisture can cause the grapes to break down prematurely. We have to watch it very carefully, constantly. Unfortunately we can’t make this Riesling Icewine every year. The conditions aren’t right each vintage. We grow this wine in one block at the front of the Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard in a pocket of silty soil. This one location has given us this award-wining wine. We are disappointed in the years we can’t make it but when we do, it’s worth the wait.

Bosc Family Food Pairings

Pairing Icewine with food can be a bit tricky but our failsafe approach is to make sure the food is as sweet as the wine. Remember, chocolate is not sweet enough. With this Riesling Icewine we love anything with salted caramel, like New York style cheesecake with a shortbread crust. If you really want to impress your friends try serving Icewine as an appetizer with foie gras.

Technical Notes

Harvest Date Alcohol Brix at Harvest PH Total Acidity Cases Produced Residual Sugar
December 15 10.40% 41˚ 3.33 6.3 502 248 g/L
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