Frozen Tundra Original



The Frozen Tundra Family of wines first came on the scene in the fall of 2009.  During 2009, the small amount of fruit we did have was harvest mostly under ripe.  The first frost had come early,  and the grapes didn’t enough time to mature to the desired brix level and for acid levels to drop.  Steve considered this harvest a total loss.  A bit discouraged and wondering if wine grapes really could grow on the frozen tundra, Steve had an idea… Celebrate the acidity in our grapes and create a wine with a “sweet tart” effect.  The Frontenac grapes were harvested and pressed immediately, so that the juice had very little skin or seed contact and allowing the fruit quality of the grape to come through despite the acid.  This created a brightly hued, almost pink wine with a fruity quality on the front end and a crisp finish on the back end – just like a sweet tart or jolly rancher. 
Since this wine was truly a creation of our unique terroir, Steve and Maria thought it would be fitting to use the term “Frozen Tundra” for its name.  Frozen Tundra is a regional reference to the Green Bay area and Lambeau field that was coined during the Ice Bowl in 1967.  This wine was called “Frozen Tundra” - not because it is a “Packer Wine;” but rather as a celebration of the region we love to call the “Frozen Tundra.” The first vintage of this wine was simply called “Frozen Tundra” and the original label featured a compass, to signify “place.”  
Frozen Tundra has become one of the hallmark wines of Parallel 44. Its name was changed to Frozen Tundra Original after its sister wines Frozen Tundra Red and Frozen Tundra White were released in 2011.  As the Frozen Tundra’s popularity increased, it became widely distributed outside  the tasting room in many stores across Wisconsin.  Frozen Tundra’s label has gone through several design changes since it was first released in 2010, the most recent change was done in 2017 for winery’s 10th Anniversary.   

Apellation: American

Residual sugar: Sweet


Winemaker's Notes

This wine, with its “sweet tart” effect, became the winery’s our number one selling wine.  Initially, Frozen Tundra was only sold at our tasting room and the first vintage sold out within a couple months. The popularity of this wine created a new problem, how could the flavors of this wine be recreated when it would be impossible to duplicate the exact growing conditions that created this wine. To replicate the flavors of the original Frozen Tundra, the wine became a “blended rosé” instead of a “pressed rosé.” Over the years the Frontenac grape has remained a part of the blend, but other grapes have been used to recreate the flavors from that very first vintage.   


Tasting Notes

Exhibits the New World style of sweetness and acidity that pleases the new wine drinker and those looking for unique wine flavors.  Its sweet and tart expressions of bright cherry pair well with bold cheeses, salty meats, and spicy foods and also with everyday food such as burgers, brats and pizza.


Best of Division, 2015 WI Professional Wine Competition

84 Points, 2017 Ultimate Wine Challenge

Double Gold, 2017 Indy International Competition

Double Gold, 2015 WI Professional Wine Competition

Double Gold, 2011 WI Professional Wine Competition


Frozen Tundra Original

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