Royal DeMaria 2000 Chardonnay
Royal DeMaria 2000 Chardonnay is a Canadian icewine produced by Royal DeMaria. The wine
The wine is Royal DeMaria’s first Chardonnay icewine, described by the company has having “a light nose of honeyed oak, and a pale yellow colour”.
The wine is made from grapes that are frozen (-8°C) on the vine before fermentation. The production of icewine is therefore very intensive and thus the wine itself is expensive.
Only 60 bottles of this wine were ever made.
The Chardonnay icewine is part of the Billy Myers series by Royal DeMaria. Billy Myers spent 40 years of his life grape farming. Winemaker Joseph DeMaria claims to look up to Billy Myers and described having his name on the series “an honour”.
The 2000 Chardonnay Icewine was the first to be entered into the series and was listed at $30,000 per 375ml bottle. As more bottles sold, the price rose to $250,000. The last bottle in the series will carry a price tag of $500,000.
Joseph DeMaria made his first icewine in 1998, with no previous winemaking experience. Though this did not go exactly to plan, DeMaria continued to work with icewine and eventually fell upon a winemaking technique through trial and error.
His first ice wine, the 1998 Vidal had all the characteristics of a fine wine, the sweetness of an ice wine but did not have the rich cloying texture within the finish. The wine won 5 awards and the ‘error’ made by DeMaria has since become his preffered winemaking technique.
Since then, Joseph DeMaria has built up a favourable reputation as a winemaker, being the only winemaker to specialise exclusively in the production of icewine.
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