Inniskillin Riesling Icewine
Niagara Peninsula VQA, Canada
September 1, 2021, Paul Gregutt
“This Riesling Icewine offers sweet, honeyed flavors of apple sauce and peach pie, with accents of candied apricots and dried papaya. The acids balance out the sugar, which is finished at 230 g/L.”
July 31, 2021, Bruce Sanderson
“Apricot, peach, honey, lanolin and jasmine aromas and flavors highlight this silky dessert white. Beautifully balanced and long, shows a hint of spice on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2032.”
The Wine Advocate
May 13, 2021, Mark Squires
“The 2019 Riesling Icewine comes in with 244 grams of residual sugar, 12.5 of total acidity and 9.6% alcohol. This is a bit pricier, but it would be my pick for best of the Inniskillin group. As lovely as the Vidal wines are, this is just a better grape. Rich but balanced nonetheless, it shows off its purity of aromatics and flavors to go with the unctuous texture. The peaches and apricots are obvious, as they tend to be on wines like this. Overall, this is super. It is a full-on dessert wine. Don't drink this (or any of them) too warm. The price references a half bottle.”
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 subzero bravura. Grapes are left on the vine well into the winter months to concentrate and intensify the flavors, as water content freezes, thaws and dehydrates in each precious Icewine grape. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake at the historic Brae Burn Estate, Inniskillin has been producing world-renowned Icewines from grapes grown in the Niagara Peninsula since 1984.
Riesling is a classic grape variety suitable for Icewine. Its tropical and citrus aromas and flavors offer an elegance that are defined by its natural high acidity.
Grapes for this Riesling Icewine were harvested at frigid -10°C. After pressing a small amount of concentrated liquid the juice was settled, racked and inoculated. Fermentation was done at a cool 15°C for 23 days until a balance of sugar, alcohol and acidity remained.
The Inniskillin Riesling has intense aromas of apricot and tangerine while on the palate citrus flavours of lemon and lime balance the lively fresh acidity.
With the early onset of below seasonal temperatures, many Niagara wineries took advantage of harvesting Icewine grapes on November 12th, the earliest date recorded by VQA Ontario. The team at Inniskillin opted for more ideal conditions and began harvest on December 18th, when the bulk of the grapes were picked. Harvest wrapped up on February 9th, 2020.
Pears beautifully with a variety of desserts including lemon tart, key lime pie, and cheesecake.
Varietals: 100% Riesling
Wine Alcohol: 9.6%
Titratable Acidity: 12.53 g/L
Residual Sugar: 244 g/L