They grow wine grapes there. The blue waters surrounding the land are some 600 feet deep, that produces what they call a "lake effect" which I am told protects the vines with snow in winter, slows bud break in spring to avoid frost damage, and extends the growing season by up to four weeks.
I've tasted Michigan wines before and found them to be of very high quality, so I had high expectations when the OMP reps sent some of their wines to me for review. I was not disappointed.
The 2016 Peninsula Cellars Late Harvest Riesling is made from Riesling grapes which were harvested from the Hawkeye Vineyard. It was vinified in stainless steel and spent six months there, aging. The wine is not as sweet as many late harvest wines, but I found that makes for a wine which is sweet enough to be fun, but not so sweet as to become overbearing. The sweetness meter on the back label shows it fully in the sweet range. Alcohol tips in at a super-low 8.5% abv and the wine retails for $19.
The late harvest Riesling has a yellow-green tint and a somewhat muted nose of citrus, honeydew and a light tropical note. On the palate, the melon is stronger and is joined by honey and minerals. Light acidity brings a tingle and the sip finishes sweet and brisk. It's pleasantly sweet, but is not a dessert-level sweet wine.
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