2016 Reserve Riesling Icewine
December 8 and 14, 2016
260 g/L at harvest
Partially fermented in French and American oak (10%), sur lie aged for 2.5 months
Bright aromas of vanilla and citrus fruit announcing flavours of ripe pear, pineapple and hints of orange peel. The sweetness is offset by mouth-watering acidity. A definite treat for the senses.
Our 2016 Reserve Riesling Icewine was sourced from our estate vineyards - Black Sage Bench in Oliver and Mission Hill Road in West Kelowna. Black Sage Bench is a diverse vineyard with more than 60 different individual blocks affording us an amazing array of premium quality fruit. Mission Hill Road perched on the brow of Mt. Boucherie, an inactive volcano, with steep hills and stunning views.
The 2016 harvest lasted 76 days and set records for being our longest harvest ever on record. The weather was ‘optimal’ with an early start to the season. April and May were warmer than average and bud break was three weeks early. The lack of heat waves in the summer kept sugar levels and phenolic maturity in sync so that ripening progressed slowly and predictably. The berries were firm and had perfectly healthy skins and therefore vivid, deep flavours, great acidity and excellent freshness. The harvest concluded on November 9th, marking an exceptional Okanagan vintage, and producing stunning wines for the 2016 vintage.