Polar Vortex Triggers Icewine Harvest at Henry of Pelham
Early deep freeze puts this year’s harvest 21 days ahead of last year’s.
St. Catharines, Ontario (December 14, 2016) At 5 a.m. this morning, the Icewine harvest started in Niagara when temperatures dropped below -8° Celsius, the audited temperature for VQA rules, and Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery began picking Riesling grapes. The Riesling will be followed by Vidal and Cabernet Franc varietals.
“The forecast is showing sub-zero temperatures through the end of the week,” said Matthew Speck Co-Owner and Viticulturist, Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. “We hope to bring all of the fruit in as quickly as possible over the next few nights.”
Henry of Pelham has made award-winning Icewine since 1989. Most recently, the 2014 Riesling Icewine was awarded a Platinum medal, the top honour at the 2016 National Wine Awards.
“The fruit quality has been very high this year and Icewine will be no exception,” said Sandrine Bourcier, Winemaker, Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. “We expect a good balance of sweetness and acidity with stone fruit and honey flavours.”
Icewine is a treat to drink on its own, blended with ice, or in cocktails such as ‘The Cold Fashioned’ which is equal parts Icewine and whisky garnished with orange slices. Icewine can be enjoyed immediately or aged for 10+ years.
About Henry of Pelham
Henry of Pelham is a family owned and operated winery which has won numerous International and Domestic awards for its wines which are available across Canada and throughout the world.