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2016 Reserve Riesling Icewine

2016 Reserve Riesling Icewine

An early pioneer in the Okanagan Valley, today, Mission Hill Family Estate encompasses a broad spectrum of vineyard estates with more than 30 diverse microclimates. Our continual experimentation, understanding of the soil and clones that best perform in specific areas, and technological investment, have led us to precision farming that is both sustainable and delivers ultra-premium grapes.

Our Reserve wines are handcrafted on the premise of “Selection” – selection in the vineyard and the cellar. We source our fruit from the top 15% of our estate vineyards and 75% of the same vineyard blocks are used to ensure consistency vintage to vintage. 

The illustration on our label is an original architect sketch from Tom Kundig when he and Proprietor Anthony von Mandl were designing the winery. The renowned Bell Tower is the focal point surrounded by the hillside where our winery sits.

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/ 375 ml
SKU: 240127
Tasting Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
Varietals
100% Riesling
Harvested
December 8 and 14, 2016
Vinification Notes
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.
Aging
Partially fermented in French and American oak (10%), sur lie aged for 2.5 months
Alcohol %
8
TA
11.0 g/L
pH
3.16
Production
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.
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