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Gewurztraminer Icewine 2016

Gewurztraminer Icewine 2016

  • $40.05

Icewine, a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze, but the water does, allowing a more concentrated grape must to be pressed from the frozen grapes, resulting in a smaller amount of more concentrated, very sweet wine.

With ice wines, the freezing happens before the fermentation, not afterwards. Unlike the grapes from which other dessert wines, such as Sauternes, Tokaji, or Trockenbeerenauslese, are made. Only healthy grapes keep in good shape until the opportunity arises for an ice wine harvest, which in extreme cases can occur after the New Year, on a northern hemisphere calendar. This gives ice wine its characteristic refreshing sweetness balanced by high acidity. Due to the labour-intense and risky production process resulting in relatively small amounts of wine, Icewines are generally quite expensive.

Canada is the world's largest producer of Icewines. About 75 percent of the Icewine in Canada comes from Ontario.'

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