2016 Riesling Icewine

Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard | VQA — St David's Bench$69.95 375mL Bottle | $839.40

2016 Riesling Icewine, Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard (375 mL)

Paul Bosc and Amélie Boury's 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.

Miguel Fontalvo's 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.