Inniskillin is now synonymous with top-quality Icewine, a fact underlined by the numerous awards they have won: these are the wines that have put Canadian Icewine on the map. The Winert was established in 1975 by Austrian chemist Karl Kaiser and Italian-Canadian agriculture graduate Donald Ziraldo, Following Kaiser’s retirement in 2006, Bruce Nicholson joined Inniskillin in Niagara as senior winemaker. Born and raised in the Niagara Peninsula, Bruce sits on the technical committee of the Vintners’ Quality Alliance in Ontario (VQA) and the committee for Sustainable Winemaking of the Wine Council of Ontario. Bruce has become Canada’s most awarded winemaker, with many awards including the Gran Premio from Vinitaly for his Icewine, in addition to being twice named Top Winemaker at the San Francisco International Wine Challenge. The harvest of the precious Icewine grapes cannot begin until temperatures drop below -8°C for a sustained period of time. Inniskillin does not pick at temperatures warmer than -10°C, which reduces yields and increases quality; the frozen clusters are often harvested in the cool of night. The grapes are pressed immediately while their water content is frozen in crystals, leaving only a few coveted drops of concentrated, intense liquid, which is then fermented slowly over the following months to become Icewine.
There is an abundance of strawberry and cherry aromas with a hint of fresh cream that dominate on the nose, while the concentrated red fruit flavours of strawberry, raspberry and rhubarb also show through on the palate. This decadent icewine boasts perfectly balanced sweetness and acidity on a lingering finish.
The Inniskillin Riesling displays intense aromas of apricot and tangerine, while on the palate citrus flavours of lemon and lime balance the lively, fresh acidity.
This rich and concentrated icewine boasts flavours of ripe peach and juicy tangerine with a touch of warm baking spice. The lively acidity adds the perfect balance to this delicious nectar, its smooth texture and solid structure lead to an extended fruit filled finish.