Schmitt Sohne Ice Wine 2012

schmitt-sohne-icewine-2012Amity Wine and Spirit, Co. is happy to have the 2012 Schmitt Sohne Ice Wine (Icewine, Eiswein) in stock from the Rheinhessen region of Germany. This is one of the best values in Ice Wine available right now. This would make a great gift or bring along to any holiday function. Buy online or in one of our stores.

Eiswein (Icewine) is produced from grapes harvested and pressed while frozen (not warmer than 20° F) to concentrate sugar, acidity and extract. It is truly a unique and complex dessert wine with an intense concentration of fruits and hints of honey, caramel and raisins. Eiswein is the crowning jewel of German viticulture.

Alcohol: 8.0 – 9.5%% by vol.
Serve slightly chilled
Enjoy with fruit, sweets and desserts
Sizes available: 500 ml

Ice wine (icewine or Eiswein) is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze, but the water does, allowing a more concentrated grape must to be pressed from the frozen grapes, resulting in a smaller amount of more concentrated, very sweet wine. With ice wines, the freezing happens before the fermentation, not afterwards.

Only healthy grapes keep in good shape until the opportunity arises for an ice wine harvest, which in extreme cases can occur after the New Year, on a northern hemisphere calendar. This gives ice wine its characteristic refreshing sweetness balanced by high acidity.

Ice wine production is risky (the frost may not come at all before the grapes rot or are otherwise lost) and requires the availability of a large enough labour force to pick the whole crop within a few hours, at a moment’s notice, on the first morning that is cold enough. This results in relatively small amounts of ice wine being made world-wide, making ice wines generally quite expensive.

Ice wine production is obviously limited to that minority of the world’s wine-growing regions where the necessary cold temperatures can be expected to be reached with some regularity. Canada and Germany are the world’s largest producers of ice wines.

Learn more about Ice Wine at Wikipedia.