Niagara and Okanagan wineries give a warm welcome to subzero
TORONTO, Jan. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - After months of watching the weather,
Inniskillin Wines is pleased to announce the annual Icewine harvest
will be in full swing in Niagara-on-the-Lake tonight and has been
completed in the Okanagan. Inniskillin, renowned as the global leader
in Icewine, has waited patiently on stand-by for the perfect weather
conditions to pick the 2012 harvest of grapes, which will be pressed in
the extreme cold to extract their coveted nectar.
Frigid temperatures on Sunday and into today are leading Inniskillin
into the 2012 Icewine Harvest beginning around midnight tonight.
Fluctuating temperatures have kept the team closely watching the
weather predictions. This intense, non-stop watch is done by vineyard
manager Gerald Klose and winemaker Bruce Nicholson. The naturally
frozen grapes of Cabernet Franc and Riesling will be harvested first
from the Woerthle Vineyard, (Line 4 at Concession 6,
Niagara-on-the-Lake, within the Four Mile Creek sub appellation) in the
early morning hours of Tuesday, with pressing starting at 9:00 am.
Following this, the Vidal grapes will be harvested from the Brae Burn
Vineyard, (Line 3 at the winery site, Niagara River sub appellation).
All of the grapes will be picked by mechanical harvester.
Nicholson is looking for the critical balance between the natural sugars
and the natural acidities. He is anxious to try the first freshly
pressed juice on Tuesday morning for an indication of what is to come
for this vintage.
Inniskillin plans to expand the Sparkling Icewine portfolio with this
2012 vintage by creating a limited release Cabernet Franc Sparkling
Icewine. Currently Nicholson produces a Vidal Sparkling Icewine which
has been highly awarded and much sought after. Nicholson is relieved to
get started on this new vintage after a highly successful year of
prestigious awards dominated by his Icewines.
Inniskillin Icewine is available at the Winery Boutique, The Wine Rack,
and LCBO, as well as 73 countries around the world and online at http://www.greatestatesniagara.com/Store
Oliver, British Columbia
January 12, 2013 brought ideal conditions at the Dark Horse Vineyard for
Inniskillin Okanagan to start its Icewine harvest. In an interesting
coincidence, the Arctic outflow occurred on the same date in 2012,
enabling this year's vintage to be picked on the exact same day as last
Vineyard manager Troy Osborne led the chilly, early morning harvest of
Riesling along with winemaker Sandor Mayer, who was pleased the
conditions allowed for good natural sugars and acidities that are
essential to producing a well-balanced Riesling Icewine. The Arctic
outflow saw the temperatures dip to -13 Celsius, enabling the grapes to
achieve optimal sugar levels, averaging 42 brix. The combination of an
excellent season in the south Okanagan with the blast of subzero
weather allowed the grapes to reach the desired aroma and flavour
intensity that is so desired in premium Icewine. Mayer's early
assessment of their 2012 vintage of Riesling Icewine is extremely
The Dark Horse Vineyard is a signature 22-acre vineyard for Inniskillin
that was planted in 1990 under the direction of Sandor Mayer. Dark
Horse Vineyard is within the Okanagan Valley Designation.
Inniskillin Icewine is available at the Inniskillin Winery Boutique, BC
LBD, BC VQA stores, and select fine restaurants as well as online at http://www.greatestatesokanagan.com/Store
About Inniskillin Wines
Inniskillin Wines, established in 1975 by co‐founders Donald Ziraldo and
Karl Kaiser, is Canada's premier estate winery producing truly
distinctive VQA wines from premium grape varieties grown in Canada's
two main wine regions. With vineyards in both the east and the west,
Inniskillin is led by winemaker Bruce Nicholson in Niagara and Sandor
Mayer in the Okanagan. Inniskillin is internationally recognized for
both Icewines and table wines and extremely proud of the vast
collection of awards and accolades including the 2012 Top Canadian
Producer International Wine and Spirits Competition, London, U.K. The
iconic Inniskillin Icewine can be found in 73 countries and is the
number one selling wine in duty free stores.
Inniskillin became part of the world's leading premium wine company,
Constellation Brands, in 2006.
For more information, visit www.inniskillin.com
SOURCE: Inniskillin Wines
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