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WA’s first ice wine showcased at Margaret River festival

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Wilyabrup-based Fraser Gallop Estate has created its own version of Canadian ice wine, a first for Western Australia.

The topical wine; 2013 Ice Pressed Chardonnay, was shown at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape festival over the weekend. The wine proved to be a success amongst lovers of dessert wines, and even converted a few non-believers who had previously shunned sweet wines The Australian reports.

The ice wine was created by Clive Otto, winner of the prestigious Decanter World Wine Award for best Bordeaux red blend in 2009, together with young winemaker Kate Morgan, founder of the Ipso Facto label.

The unique wine is created by freezing whole bunches of Chardonnay grapes while they are still on the vine. The freezing process enables only the most concentrated sugars to be pressed out into the juice which is then fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barrels.

The high concentration of sugar gives ice wine sweet characteristics that are balanced by high acidity.

Production of ice wine is highly labour intensive as it requires the whole crop of frozen grapes to be picked within a few hours. Most of the world's ice wine is produced in Canada and Germany, with Ontario producing up to 75 percent of the global supply.


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