Vidal * 37.5cl * 9.5% ABV * Niagara Peninsula, Canada
Inniskillin is now synonymous with top quality icewine (yes, it is one word apparently) and consistently sets the bar at a much greater height than its competitors. The wine is richer and more intense and we think it definitely merits the higher price.
Inniskillin was founded in 1975 by Austrian chemist Karl Kaiser and Italian-Canadian agriculture graduate Donald Ziraldo, who worked tirelessly to introduce better vines and superior winemaking techniques to Niagara. In 1984, to make the most of the extreme Canadian winter, Kaiser produced his first Icewine - a pivotal point in garnering attention from the international wine world.
The frozen Vidal grapes for this 2015 vintage were picked and pressed immediately upon arrival at the winery. The viscous juice was allowed to cold settle for three days before being racked clean and inoculated with a specifically selected strain of yeast. The juice was fermented in new French oak at an average temperature of 15ºC for 16 days before being allowed to age for an additional three months in oak prior to bottling.
This all concludes in a wine full of aromas of peach, apricot, spice and a touch of toasty vanilla, with intense fruit flavours of mango, apricot and orange that balance the crisp acidity on the palate.