On December 19, 2016, just as early morning temperatures dipped to a chilly 12° F, the Chateau Grand Traverse staff gathered to begin picking frozen Riesling grapes. This specialty dessert wine was produced from ultra-ripe Riesling grapes purposefully left on the vine to naturally freeze late in the season. Once picked, the grapes are gently pressed to extract a minuscule amount of the unfrozen essence of the grape, much like extracting the flavors from a snow cone.
This rich, almost nectar-like, dessert wine comes alive with flavors of ripe pineapple, golden raisins, dried apricot, and ripe lemon. Aromas of honeysuckle and sweet herbs lead to a bold and luscious palate combined with notes of ripe grapefruit and honey to finish.
Best of Class, Ice Wine Category: 2018 Michigan Wine Competition
Double Gold: 2018 Michigan Wine Competition
Appellation: Old Mission Peninsula
Varietal: 100% Riesling
Harvest Date: December 19, 2016
Temperature: 12° F
Harvest Sugar: 34.0°Brix
Residual Sugar: 12.2°Brix
Bottling Date: July 4, 2018
Production: 1,600 Bottles [375 ml.]
Winemaker: Bernd Croissant