Review: Inniskillin Ice Wines, 2020 Releases
Inniskillin makes icewine (aka ice wine) from three different varietals (plus a sparkling version) all grown in the Niagara peninsula and all made from frozen grapes that are harvested for what little juice remains in them. While ultra-sweet after fermentation, the finished wines actually have very low alcohol levels. (The riesling is just 9.5% abv.)
Check our prior reviews for more back story on Inniskillin, or just dive in to these fresh vintages. These are largely only available in 375ml bottles now.
2017 Inniskillin Riesling – Close your eyes and you’ll think you’re drinking Sauternes — boldly honeyed with notes of lemon peel, almond paste, and peachy stone fruits. Incredibly sweet, with lingering notes of sesame oil and apricot jam. Gorgeous. A / $70 (375ml)
2017 Inniskillin Cabernet Franc – Take the Riesling above and filter it through notes of raisins, baking spice, almonds, and you’ve got this icy expression of cabernet franc. Honey interplays quite nicely with a touch of chocolate and caramel, with a deft reprise of raisin on the finish. More soulful and lush than the brighter, more aggressively sweet Riesling, with a clear berry component to it. A / $80 (375ml)
2017 Inniskillin Vidal – Note that Inniskillin also makes a sparkling version of this wine; this is the flat expression. Sweet and somewhat similar to the Riesling, this wine layers in a stronger honey character, touched with earth and a spray of baking spice. There’s a kick of applesauce as the palate develops, which gives the wine a certain element of nostalgia. A- / $50 (375ml)