What is Icewine?
VQA Icewine is a highly concentrated dessert wine made by harvesting grapes naturally frozen on the vine at -10 C in December-January. Inniskillin VQA Icewine is internationally awarded and recognized and is exported throughout the world. View all Inniskillin Wines
Inniskillin Founder's Reserve Pinot Noir 1998
Pinot Noir from Canada
The selection of Reserve designated grapes is one based entirely on the overall quality and maturity of the fruit at the time of harvest. For this bottling, the highest quality Pinot Noir was assembled from several different vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The wine was fermented 14 days on the skins before pressing and aged for 14 months in 225L French oak barrels. "This wine showcases a ruby-garnet hue and is extremely welcoming on the nose. Featuring a floral aroma of violets enhanced with sweet toastiness, spiced bing cherries and a slight earthiness. The mouth feel of upfront ripe tannins is complimented by characteristics of cherries, toast and spice. Well-rounded and smooth. Food Suggestions include wild mushroom dishes, venison, rare red meats, duck, ostrich, veal, lamb, salmon and roasted meats."
Austrian-born and monastically educated, Karl J. Kaiser, and native Canadian Donald J.P. Ziraldo, a decendant of a family of winegrowers in Northern Italy, founded Innisklillin Wines on July 31, 1975, obtaining the first winery license granted in the province of Ontario since 1929. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake at the historic Brae Burn Estate, Inniskillin was founded upon and is dedicated to the principle of producing outstanding wines from vinifera wine grapes grown in the Niagara Peninsula. Karl and Donald tirelessly tested the new ground of Niagara, grafting old-world wisdom in the new-world terroir. Inniskillin rocketed to international notoriety when its pioneering 1989 Vidal Icewine was awarded the Grand Prix d'Honneur at Vinexpo 1991, and drew worldwide attention to Canada's burgeoning wine industry.
What is Icewine?
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.