Pinotage Icewine - World First

Wednesday, 14 August, 2013
Peter F May
Pinotage grapes have made many styles of wines including red, white and pink, sparkling, dessert and fortified.
Now from Canada comes a world first: Pinotage Icewine.

Stoneboat Vineyards, near Oliver in British Columbia’s southern Okanagen Valley, picked their frozen Pinotage grapes on 11 January 2013 at minus
11 degrees Celsius (12.2F) and 39 Brix.

The resulting wine, sold in a frosted half-sized bottles is a lively pink colour with 8.3% abv and a residual sugar of 230g/L, TA 12.3 gm/L and pH 3.43.

Owner-winemaker Lanny Martiniuk says it “has intense aromas of fresh raspberry and candied apple. Subtle notes of dried cranberry and raisin are nicely balanced by spicy undertones on the palate. Cellar now through 2025”.

Stoneboat Pinotage Icewine 2012 is available at the winery at $74.90 CDN for 375ml.