Yum..Ice Wine. When I went to Lake Niagara 6 years ago, I didn’t have the palate for Ice Wine, but now I seem to.
You will find Ice Wine comes in smaller bottles and is a bit more expensive than your average bottle of wine. Since grapes are 80% water, they need to be completely frozen to be harvested. Harvest usually happens in the middle of the night before daybreak. When the grapes are harvested, they are usually at 35 brix.
This 2008 Sheldrake Point Riesling Ice Wine was harvested on January 2, 2008 and bottled on August 7, 2008. It has a residual sugar of 16.4, yes that is sweet! There were 175 cases of this made.
The wine had aromas of mango that led to a palate with apricot and hints of lemon and petrol. You could taste a little bit of honey towards the finish. It was slightly syrupy, but light.
As you can see, I was enjoying this wine while working late one night.