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Tasting Notes: Classic ultra-ripe Riesling aromatics jump from the glass with a ripe nose of lemon curd, vanilla custard and golden delicious apple. Medium to full body with balancing acidity and a warm spicy finish adding nice depth and keeping the wine juicy and refreshing. On the savoury side, this wine is an ideal pairing for foie gras, creamy blue cheeses or well-aged Cheddar. On the sweet front, try crème brulée and light airy desserts such as apple charlotte, delicate NY cheesecakes, or fresh citrus fruit with sabayon.
Winemaking Notes: We first made 13 Below Zero back in 2008 when we blended late harvest Riesling from our June’s Vineyard with a small percentage of Gewurztraminer from our 9th Avenue farm. Our goal from the first vintage was to make a sweet wine that you would want to have more than one glass of. All too often, dessert wines are simply too sweet and often too expensive. We wanted ours to be different. It needed to be suitable with both savoury and sweet foods and it had to be affordable. In the 2015 vintage, the decision was made to blend 40% Riesling icewine with 60% off-dry Riesling. The icewine was selected for its clean and intense aromas and rich sweetness. The off-dry Riesling brought freshness and acid balance to the blend.
Awards & Ratings
This was a featured wine in February's wine club package.
Geographical Indication: Niagara, ON
Cases Produced: 240
Appearance: Bright, clear. Golden core, light yellow rim.
Nose: Medium aromatic intensity. Honeycomb, candied orange, lemon drop, tropical fruits, pineapple, guava, touch of caramel.
Palate: Off dry. Medium acid, medium body.Candied lemon and lime, honey, a hint of minerality.
Quality: Good quality. Reminiscent of a warm, sun-drenched Fall day, this golden Riesling is a lovely late harvest expression.
Food Pairing: Candied nuts, dried fruit, old-fashioned apple pie, caramel apple cheesecake, hazelnut chocolate, creamy to hard cheeses, appetizers and canapés.