2016 Cabernet Icewine (375ml)
Estate Bottled | VQA — Niagara-on-the-Lake$79.95 375ml Bottle | $959.40 Case
Paul Bosc and Amélie Boury's Winemaker's Notes
Red Icewine is a rare product and I believe no other has the bold colour of our Cabernet Icewine. The rich ruby-crimson heralds the bold and distinctive flavour we have been able to achieve with this wine. You will be able to tell this is a blend of the two Cabernets; Franc and Sauvignon by the aromas of cassis, cedar and dark chocolate but there are also layers of complexity with cranberry and strawberry notes. On the palate the balancing acidity keeps the sweetness in check so you experience a mouthful of flavor, not just sugar. This is a unique and explosive wine unlike anything else you have tasted.
Miguel Fontalvo's vineyard manager's Notes
Cabernet Franc has acclimatized extremely well to the Niagara Peninsula so it is a good candidate to make into Icewine. Cabernet Sauvignon has a thick skin which allows the grapes to stay intact while we wait for the deep freeze. We tend the blocks earmarked for Icewine like any other blocks by carefully managing the yields and of course keeping the bunches clean by removing any grapes at the first signs of breakdown. Then we wait. And in early January, when the temperature dropped to -10ºC we hand-harvested the bunches by the light of the moon.