2017 Vidal Icewine
Our first ever icewine excites the palate with intense peach, apricot and candied pineapple, and finishes with a generous drizzle of honey and caramel.
December 23, 2017 & January 3, 2018
Now and over the next 10+ years.
The Vidal grapes for this icewine were hand-harvested in two picks: December 23, 2017 and January 3, 2018, under a brilliant full moon. An ideal grape for icewine, Vidal has thicker skins, allowing it to hang long into winter awaiting that cold -8°C night and high natural acidity that creates a luscious, yet structurally-balanced dessert wine. Our first ever icewine excites the palate with intense peach, apricot and candied pineapple, and finishes with a generous drizzle of honey and caramel.
Silver medal - 2018 Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards Bronze Medal - Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada 2019
Shuttleworth Creek Vineyard, Okanagan Falls
The grapes were hand harvested on two dates, at -10°C and -12°C, respectively. Harvesting stopped when the temperature started to rise. They were then whole-cluster pressed into tank, where the juice was allowed to settle before being racked, warmed and inoculated using selected yeasts. The wine followed a long, slow ferment (nearly a month), until it reached a point where we wanted to preserve the remaining sugars. The wine was then chilled to 0°C to stop fermentation, stabilized, filtered and bottled later in the year.
This was the first icewine we’ve ever produced here at Stag’s Hollow, and it was truly a team effort. Everyone brought their family and friends that were willing to help out in the wee hours of the morning, and we were able to bring the majority of the fruit in before it started to warm up. We have never seen the press so full! The remainder was picked in the New Year, and the two lots were blended together. Not in the least cloying, this wine has a richness of flavour that only comes about from extended hang time, but is balanced by a surprising amount of acidity. It finishes clean, but the lingering finish seems to go on forever.