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Producer: InniskillinGrape Varieties: 100% RieslingOptimum Drinking: Within 10 yearsWine Style: Honeyed rich dessert wineAlcohol by Volume: 9.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Canada
This Riesling Icewine has an abundance of vibrant aromatics including fresh orange, lemon, lime and spice. On the palate, this rich Icewine has concentrated flavours of peach, apricot and a hint of clove, all balanced by a crisp and lively acidity.
Inniskillin is now synonymous with top quality Icewine and consistently sets the bar at a much greater height than its competitors. They harvest at a higher brix level than the minimum set by the VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance in Ontario) and their wines have a higher level of residual sugar. This gives richer, more intense wines that merit their higher price. Inniskillin was founded in 1975 by Austrian chemist Karl Kaiser and Italian-Canadian agriculture graduate Donald Ziraldo, who worked tirelessly to introduce better vines and superior winemaking techniques to Niagara. In 1984, to make the most of the extreme Canadian winter, Kaiser produced his first Icewine - a pivotal point in garnering attention from the international wine world.
The grapes for this classic Icewine were harvested from select vineyards in Niagara on the Lake. The Niagara Peninsula is considered a cool climate viticulture region. Mineral-rich soils are the result of melting glaciers that left behind large and varied deposits of gravel, sand and clay, when they receded approximately 13,000 years ago. Thanks to the warming influence of Lake Ontario and the Niagara River, the region's temperatures during the fruit-ripening phase are moderate and consistent.
Picked at a chilling -10ºC, the grapes were immediatelypressed resulting in a rich concentrated liquid. The juice was concentrated through the removal of ice crystals and separation from the frozen grapes during pressing. After cold settling the juice was racked and fermented at approximately 15ºC for 21 days. The Riesling was fermented in stainless steel, with no oak influence.
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