The Niagara Peninsula's unique climate provides the ideal conditions to ripen the fruit. The cold winters naturally freeze the water in the berries to yield an exquisite balance of fruit, acid and an extraordinary array of flavors which results in this fine wine, often called "liquid gold".
The secret to great Icewine is the ideal balance between the intense sweetness and the inherent high acidity from the cool climate region of Niagara. These Riesling grapes, naturally frozen on the vine, were harvested during the middle of the night and pressed in the extreme cold to separate the juice from the ice crystals, followed by fermentation in a special yeast for many months. This remarkable process concentrates the sugar and acids - intensifying the aromatic flavours in the berries. The aromas are reminiscent of white and tropical fruits, with overtones of peach nectar and mango. You can learn more about Icewine and pairing it with food in my book Icewine: Extreme Winemaking.
ZIRALDO 2014 RIESLING ICEWINE
VQA | NIAGARA PENINSULA
We are proud to release the first vintage of Estate-grown Icewine from the Victoria Vineyard with this 2014 Riesling Icewine.
This is the first Icewine produced from the Victoria Vineyeard, which was planted in 2007 on the original Inniskillin Winery site in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. This exclusively Riesling vineyard is planted on a gently rolling hillside of sandy loam terroir with five Riesling clones on four different rootstocks.
Ziraldo Icewine is made to the highest standards of quality, grown using sustainable practices and exemplifies the true character of the Niagara region.
Riesling is the classic Icewine varietal, first produced in Germany in the 1700s.
ZIRALDO 2014 VIDAL ICEWINE - SOLD OUT
VQA | NIAGARA PENINSULA
We have also produce a 2014 Vidal Icewine which represents a uniquely Canadian version of Icewine, as Vidal has become the mainstay Icewine varietal in Canada.
Vidal is a white hybrid variety produced from Vitis vinifera crossed with Ugni blanc (also known as Trebbiano ) and Vitis riparia. It is a very winter-hardy variety that manages to produce high sugar levels in cold climates with high acidity and spectacular aromatics when frozen naturally on the vine and lends itself ideally to the making of Icewine.
The grape was developed in the 1930s by French wine grape breeder Jean Louis Vidal. The Icewine from Vidal blanc tends to be very fruity, with aroma notes of grapefruit, pineapple and lychee.
Donald J. P. Ziraldo