Style: Sweet Vintage: 2013 ABV: 11.5%
Varietal: 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
Residual Sugar: 113.4 g/L Bottle Size: 375 mL
Appellation: Niagara-on-the-Lake VQA Region: Ontario County: Canada
Harvested in the cold of winter, this wine has flavors of ripe, red strawberries and cherries. The acidity on the palate balances the residual sugars to create a crisp, sweet wine. A harmonious blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine was fermented to 123g/L of residual sugar, making it a delicious dessert wine to be enjoyed with chocolate, cheeses, as an aperitif or on its own.
What is the difference between Icewine and Late Harvest Wine?
The main difference can be defined as when the grapes are picked. Late harvest wines are picked later than the general harvest and as they had a longer hang time, they also have higher sugar levels--than regular picked wine--which will produce a sweeter wine. Icewine grapes are picked in a frozen state which further concentrates the sugars producing a rich, sweet luscious treat.
Another difference is the minimum legal amount of residual sugar in the wine. Under VQA regulations, Icewine will have a much higher level than a late harvest wine and thus be correspondingly richer and sweeter.
One thing to remember: Late Harvest can be dry or sweet!
VQA Requirements for Icewine
(VQA requirements courtesy of Wine Country Ontario)