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 Riesling Icewine (375ML half-bottle) 2002
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Inniskillin Icewine, recognized as one of the world's finest specialty wines, is truly a gift from nature to wine lovers. Harvested at the pinnacle of Canada's crisp winter, exceptional grapes are naturally frozen on the vine and hand picked when the temperature drops below –10°C. The removal of ice crystals, separated from the 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.
For centuries, Riesling has been a highly regarded grape variety for Icewine. This vintage is characterized by loads of up-front fruit on the nose with a true Riesling flinty, petrol-like background note. Very rich and full on the palate with distinct orange blossom and honey notes.
"Rather varietally distinctive with upfront aromas of flint, petrol and candied apricots followed by a seductive scent of orange blossoms. The lusciousness on your palate of ripe nectarines is complimented by a tingling tangerine acidity that lingers forever. As with all dessert wines, first and foremost, the wine should always be sweeter than the dessert. Also, avoid strong citrus-based desserts. Fruit based strudels, rich cheeses, tarts or apple, pear, peach or apricot desserts pair well."
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.