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Icewine & Late Harvest Wine - Henry of Pelham

Icewine and Late Harvest Wine

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Niagara’s seasons are very delineated. Summer is warm and autumn is cool followed by a quick shift to winter’s cold; these are the perfect conditions for producing Icewine and Late Harvest wines, and especially so in the Short Hills Bench. When winter arrives the berries are typically harvested at night when they are frozen at -8 ºC (minimum) and when they are at least 36 Brix (% sugar).

Site and grape variety matter here. Vidal is both delicious and a sturdy variety of grape but Cabernet Franc and Riesling are the most elegant. The Short Hills Bench is uniquely situated 7 KM south of Lake Ontario, further away from the moderating effect of the water. This means that the minimum condition (-8 ºC) arrives more consistently than elsewhere in Niagara, allowing for more opportunities to pick, often earlier. Consequently we are able to produce all three major varieties of Icewine, including the fickle Cabernet Franc and Riesling, with great quality and consistency.

Late Harvest is a related category of wine. In our case, we produce it only at the highest level (called Special Select Late Harvest). Specifically that means the fruit is harvested at 32 brix or more but without conditions placed on temperature at harvest.

HOUSE STYLE: As mouth wateringly refreshing as they are delicately sweet. The emphasis on perfumed fruit flavours, crispness and minimal sweetness makes them unique amongst dessert wines — they awaken your palate.

2015 Vidal Icewine

2015 Vidal Icewine

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Tropical aromas dominated by pineapple and mango. The palate is tart and piquant but very rich, complex and persistent.

2014 Special Select Late Harvest Vidal

2014 Special Select Late Harvest Vidal

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Intense, vibrant lychee fruit and fresh peach aromas and flavours.

2015 Riesling Icewine

2015 Riesling Icewine

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The most challenging grape variety to make icewine with, the early cold of winter in the Short Hills Bench allows for a consistently high quality Riesling Icewine to be made every year.

2013 Cabernet Icewine

2013 Cabernet Icewine

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Intense, vibrant fruit aromas and flavours, exhibiting strawberry and raspberry above all others. Age for 1 to 4 years from vintage.