2008 A Capella Riesling Ice WineConsidered one of the rarest wines of the world, true ice wines are made from perfect grapes left on the vine long after traditional harvest.
The weather has to cooperate, too, with a slowly cooling late fall. A three to four-day hard freeze with temperatures in the teens prepares the grapes for harvest.
The grapes were then crushed by a hydraulic press outdoors - they cannot be allowed thaw for true ice wine. This process can take days of pressure, extracting about one drop of concentrated juice from each grape. Fermentation is a long, slow proceedure, too.
Flavor and Aroma:
This "eis wein" concentrates the rich flavors of ripe apricots, peaches, pineapple, exotic flowers, and subtle spices.
Ice wines can typically be held for many years.
Thoughts for Food:
A small glass alone or with any dessert is a fabulous way to end a special evening.
Best in Class/Ice Wine: Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Best in Class & Double Gold: 2011 Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition
Black Star Farms 10844 E. Revold Road Suttons Bay, MI 49682