Wine Enthusiast -Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada - ""A thick streak of pineapple slices through this dense, almost syrupy dessert wine. Candied fruits are at the core, a mix of apricot, peach, papaya and citrus. Running through the long finish are hints of brown sugar, maple sugar and honey.""
Ice wine (Eiswein in Germany and icewine in Canada) is a rich, flavorful and rare dessert wine. To make ice wine, the winemaker leaves the grapes on the vine, long after traditional harvest season has ended, hoping neither rain nor hungry wildlife gets the grapes first. As soon as the temperature drops sufficiently and the grapes freeze, the grapes must be picked before dawn, and pressed before they thaw. Because much of the water in the grapes is frozen, the pressed juice is concentrated, rich in flavor and high in sugar and acidity.