January 25 2013  |  Spirits & Tobacco

Inniskillin Winery welcomes subzero temps for Icewine harvest 2012

By Ryan White

After months of watching the weather, Inniskillin Wines has announced that the annual Icewine harvest went into full swing in Niagara-on-the-Lake early Tuesday morning. Inniskillin, renowned as the global leader in Icewine, 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 Monday led Inniskillin into the 2012 Icewine Harvest beginning around 12:15 am Tuesday morning. Fluctuating temperatures kept the team closely watching the weather predictions. Inniskillin’s vineyard manager Gerald Klose and winemaker Bruce Nicholson anxiously watched the weather and subsequent drop in temperature into the evening. The naturally frozen grapes of Cabernet Franc and Riesling were harvested first from the Woerthle Vineyard in the early morning hours of Tuesday. Following that, the Vidal grapes were harvested from the Brae Burn Vineyard, home winery at the Inniskillin Winery.

Nicholson looks for the critical balance between the natural sugars and the natural acidities. He is anxious to try the first freshly pressed juice 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. According to Inniskillin, Nicholson is relieved to get started on this new vintage after a highly successful year of prestigious awards dominated by his Icewines.

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