The Vintage: The 2011 vintage started off about 2 weeks behind schedule with heavy rain and limited sunshine for the months of April and May. June and July saw much warmer temperatures and fairly dry conditions, giving the vines a chance to catch up on the ripening process. With the warm summer, most of the earlier ripening varieties were brought in early and in good condition. Wineries were very busy in late September and early October managing the challenges of a rainy harvest season and precision in picking decisions was important this year.
Tasting Notes: A full-bodied, succulent icewine with a rich nose of honey, marmalade, ripe apricot, brown sugar and allspice. The palate is sweet, with ripe apple, honey, pineapple and peach flavours. The creamy-sweet and buttery palate is balanced by a delicate acidity.
Technical Notes: Grapes were hand harvested January 9th 2012 from vineyards in the Four Mile Creek sub-appellation. The grapes were slow pressed while frozen over 3 days. The juice was settled and racked into French oak barrels for fermentation which took 5 weeks to complete. The Icewine was then aged for 2.5 years in 2 new 500L French oak barrels. Blended and bottled July 2015. 100 cases produced.