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The Changyu “Golden Icewine Valley” is situated in the far North Eastern region of China, in the Liaoning Province close to the borders of North Korea and Russia. The area around the Huanlong Lake is recognized by international experts as “Golden Icewine Valley” because it is one of the rarest places in the world which have the ideal environment to grow ice wine grapes. With an altitude of 380 meters, the lakefront of Huanlong has developed a unique climate: It is cold but not dry.
The harvest of the Vidal grapes starts at the winter solstice when the berries are firmly frozen and are reducing the water level and increasing the residual sugar. The grapes are picked at a temperature of -8° C to increase the intensity of the flavors. Once harvested the berries are pressed, producing the different levels of this style of desert wine: “Blue Diamond” and “Gold Diamond” are two styles of Changyu’s ice wine.
The wine shows the typical characteristics of great “sticky wines”, first appearing in the look with a rich golden color and oily texture. The nose of the “Gold Diamond” is full of fragrance and intense flavors of honey, leeches and pear. On the palate, this wine provides a full mouth feeling with the richness of the residual sugar, the oiliness that coats the mouth and the dry and long lasting finish that balances the wine. The “Gold Diamond” ice wine can be stored for many years and will develop more complexities and more Sherrie flavors, which will soften the sweetness of the wine.
This wine is a desert wine complimenting anything served with icecream or crème fraiche as well as big creamy style cheese. This wine also goes well with spicy food or Chinese food.