Now comes a world first from Canada: Pinotage Icewine.
Stoneboat Vineyards, near Oliver in British Columbia’s southern Okanagen Valley, picked their frozen grapes on 11 January 2013 at minus 11 degrees Celsius (12.2F) and 39 Brix.
The resulting icewine, sold in a frosted half-sized bottles, is a lively pink colour with 8.3% abv and residual sugar of 230g/L, TA 12.3 g/L and pH 3.43.
Owner-winemaker Lanny Martiniuk says it “has intense aromas of fresh raspberry and candied apple. Subtle notes of dried cranberry and raisin are nicely balanced by spicy undertones on the palate. Cellar now through 2025”.
Stoneboat Pinotage Icewine 2012 is available at the winery for $74.90 CDN per 375ml bottle.
Congratulations to Stoneboat Vineyards!
See here for videos from my visit to Stoneboat