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 Sparkling Icewine (375ML half-bottle) 1998
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Perfect for celebrating the Millennium, or as a gift, this very unique wine has been crafted by using Icewine as a cuvée. Inniskillin Icewine is made from grapes naturally frozen on the vine and hand picked when the temperature drops below -10°C. The removal of ice crystals, separated from frozen grapes during pressing, concentrates the juice into a delicate nectar that is expertly guided through fermentation to achieve the rich and alluring specialty known as Icewine. Produced by Karl Kaiser, Inniskillins Co-founder and Winemaker, the new Sparkling Icewine was made exclusively from 100% Icewine which went through a primary alcoholic fermentation in a sealed vessel, in accordance with the VQA "Méthode Cuve Close." This process of making the "cuvée" took seven months, and the wine was also aged on the lees for the same length of time. Following this, it was filtered under pressure to preserve the fine, naturally evolved bubbles (CO2) that were produced during fermentation. Nectarines and apricots dominate the nose with a hint of lychee nut in the background. On the palate this wine shows a very delicate but lively effervescence which is balanced beautifully by the generous natural acidity. Inniskillins Sparkling Icewine is best served chilled or after a meal.
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
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Fruity & Smooth
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Rich & Creamy
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