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2013 Riesling Ice Wine - Wren Song Vineyard 375ml

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2013 Riesling Ice Wine - Wren Song Vineyard 375ml

50.00

2013 gave us a long warm fall which ripened the grapes to Spatlese level with about 20 percent noble Botrytis forming. We decided to risk about 3 tons of the grapes by hanging them in hope of an early freeze. What we didn’t expect was the now infamous “Polar Vortex” winter ahead. Needless to say, we got frozen grapes! On the morning of January 2nd, 2014, a hardy crew of pickers brought in the three tons of frozen brown marbles at 7 degrees above zero. Snow was blowing sideways off Lake Michigan. The grapes were rushed into a special ice wine press borrowed from a nearby colleague and three bars of pressure were applied. After a while a stream of what looked like honey started to drip into the bucket under the spout. This went on for two days until we had all three tons pressed. The remaining waiting grapes were simply kept outside where the temperature remained in the single digits, keeping them safely frozen. The viscous nectar measured 40.7 brix. I chose a very hardy strain of yeast to ferment as the high sugar content is a challenge for all but the strongest yeasts. The fermentation went on all winter and finally stopped by itself in April, leaving 26% residual sugar. The wine is a golden green with an exotic nose of honeyed peach and apricot with a touch of lychee fruit. The palate is unctuous, thick, and creamy with an amazingly dense flavor profile of honey-dipped apple and candied apricot, accented with crisp acidity. In spite of its richness, the wine manages to be elegant and refreshing with perfect balance. 

Harvested January 2, 2014, Alcohol 8.8%, Total Acidity .65, pH 3.53

 

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