The Founder of Vieni Estates, Pasquale Raviele, instilled a spirit of creativity and experimentation in our winemaking. With his passing in October 2017, we set out to craft an Icewine deserving of that legacy. Inspired by his enthusiasm for this most Canadian of wines, we chose two of Niagara's star varietals, Chardonnay and Riesling. This Icewine was aged for eighteen months in Canadian Whiskey barrels.
Aging for eighteen months in Canadian Whiskey barrels imparted tannins and structure, resulting in deep straw yellow colour with golden highlights; intense on the nose, complex, elegant and ripe, fruity with wildflower, honey, citrus and tropical notes; very well balanced sugar and acidity , full-bodied and harmonious, with lingering ripe fruit, honey and vanilla, Serve well chilled with a wide variety of desserts, or on its own, as a grand finale to a fine meal.
The Vinemount Ridge sub appellation, with its greater elevation, is ideal for the production of fine icewines. A choice selection of our Chardonnay and Riesling vines were left unharvested, with the essence of the grapes becoming intensified by the cooling environment. This sweet wine explodes with freshness and the flavours of Ontario fruit.
Varietals: Chardonnay; Riesling
Appellation: Vinemount Ridge
Residual Sugar: 210.2 g/L