Some of the world’s best Icewine is known to come from Canada, specifically Ontario. Production can be vigorous and can only happen in areas with below-freezing weather conditions. To produce Icewine, grapes are left on the vine until a sustained temperature of -8°C or below is reached, at which time they are hand picked. From there, they must be pressed before they thaw. The result is a juice that is high in sugar and acid, and concentrated with rich, delicious flavours.
The most popular grape varietals used to make Icewine are Riesling, Vidal Blanc, and Cabernet Franc. You can also find Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Gewürztraminer used in some small lots. Expect a wine with highly concentrated, sweet flavours with high acidity. To be labeled as Icewine, there are certain requirements that must be met. These standards are monitored by the VQA (Vinters Quality Alliance), and relate to grape varieties, harvest procedures and winemaking.
Icewine tends to be more expensive because of the immense effort that goes into the winemaking process. Only grapes that are susceptible to harsh growing conditions can be used in the production, creating low yields. It is also typically sold in smaller bottles than traditional wines. Let icewine be your dessert – enjoy it on its own or pair with fresh fruit or other sweet treats such as chocolate.
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- Henry of Pelham Estate Winery, Niagara Peninsula$34.95