Wine Spectator 91
" The dessert white exudes apricot, apple, celery and light caramel flavors. Bright acidity keeps this balanced and light on the long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2018. 6,693 cases made. "
Wine Enthusiast 91
" A very aromatic wine, showing notes of orange marmalade, brown sugar and apricot. It’s supremely rich, with a mango and honey filled finish. "
Wine ansd Spirits 90
"Icewine made from the Vidal grape are noted for their honey, tangerine, apricot and pineapple flavors. When Vidal is aged in oak it takes on rich overtones of vanilla, almonds and fresh baked bread. Icewine is a concentrated, intense wine that needs to be poured in small portions and should be given special consideration when combining with different foods. Vidal Icewine works beautifully in a glaze for caramelized grilled pork roast or as an accompaniment to fresh summer berries with cream, chocolate biscuits, a pear tart or a raspberry mousse. Some sweeter desserts may actually detract from the experience so it should not be paired with a food that is sweeter than the Icewine itself. It is frequently served as a course on its own as quoted in the early days by Icewine maker Karl Kaiser, "Icewine is much better as dessert than with dessert". The major difference between Icewine and other dessert wines is acidity. While all dessert wines are sweet, only the best ones have balanced acidity as well. This crucial element not only adds to the enjoyment of Icewine, but also to its natural compatibility with cheese. Many cheeses pair brilliantly with Icewine because each cheese's richness begs for that crucial acidity. Cheeses are inherently savory and sometimes salty and when prepared with the honeyed sweetness of Icewine, it creates a lovely balance that makes for a perfect match." ~ Winery notes
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Though Icewine's roots can be traced to centuries old German winemakers, there is nothing more quintessentially Canadian than this luscious luxury borne of patience and sub zero bravura. Grapes are left on the vine well into the winter months to concentrate and intensify the flavours, as water content freezes, thaws and dehydrates in each precious Icewine grape.
Made in the Niagara Peninsula
Ideally suited to the Canadian winter season in both the Niagara Peninsula and the Okanagan Valley, the magical process of crafting Icewine is guided by nature -- triggered by the snap of the wintry elements, the harvest can't begin until temperatures drop below minus eight degrees Celsius for a sustained period of time. Inniskillin produced its first Icewine in 1984 with harvest dates ranging as early as Dec. 2nd and as late as March 5th! There are rigorous specifications regulating the making of Icewine set out by Canada 's quality control and appellation of origin system, the VQA (Vintner's Quality Alliance). Artificial freezing of the grapes is strictly prohibited.
Once the extreme temperatures arrive, which is often in the dead of night, the harvest of the naturally frozen clusters begins. The precious grapes are then pressed in the extreme cold to extract the luscious nectar. In this process, the water content in each grape which is about 80% remains frozen as ice crystals. These crystals will remain inside the grape during pressing puncturing the skin for added flavours. The resulting juice is highly concentrated and rich. Icewine yields are a mere 10-15% of an average table wine harvest. Slowly fermented over the coming months, this delicate nectar will eventually become Icewine.
Intense Flavours, Pure Varietal Character and Great Balance
The finished Icewine is intense and concentrated with the natural sugars balanced with the natural acidities creating a unique sensation on the palate of a surprisingly dry finish. Renowned for its layers of tropical and citrus fruit flavours and aromas ranging from mango to peach to lemon to lychees, Icewine is truly a natural wonder and extreme winemaking at its best. Icewine styles range from non oaked to slightly oaked to Sparkling.
Inniskillin is the World Leader in Icewine
Inniskillin Icewine is well renowned as the world leader in Icewine. It is sold in over 74 countries and is the #1 distributed wine in Global Travel Retail. It can be found around the world on the wine lists of famous restaurants and hotels, in collector's cellars and on many major airlines.