With the passing of autumn brings the return of winter and for Canadians this usually means snow. However, for Canadian winemakers this signifies a new harvest. With temperatures falling below minus 8 degrees, our icewine harvest commences and luscious concentrated icewines are produced from frozen grapes.
Due to its high sugar content icewine can age gracefully for many years. They take on a darker almost amber like hue after a few years but the most exciting part is the development of the mature fruit. The notes change from fresh apricot and peaches to poached pear, baked apple and honey. Vintage icewines almost always taste better and offer far more complexity.
Icewine can be paired with food but you have to be careful to not upset the balance. Try something like blue or soft cheese, fruit tarts or baked fruit.
This wine is packaged in a 500mL bottle!
|Aging Process:||Stainless Steel Fermented
Our Mountainview Viognier displays apple, pear and tropical fruit on the nose while the palate is quite complex from its French barrel aging. The impact of the barrel adds roundness and a creamy texture, but doesn’t eclipse the stone fruit that brightens up the mouth feel.
|Aging Method:||Stainless Steel/ French Oak|
Fumé Blanc, a wine that is not very common, is a Sauvignon Blanc that has been aged in oak. With the acidity being the hallmark of this varietal, the oak aging allows the winemaker to create more structure and texture on the palate. On the nose, look for some tree and tropical fruit as well as hints of toast. The palate is outstanding with excellent texture and length making this a complex medium bodied wine.
|Aging Process:||Stainless Steel Fermented, Barrel Aged in French Oak
Muscat is a relatively new varietal to the Angels Gate family. This grape varietal is often classified as one of the aromatic whites sitting next to the likes of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer, but it has a distinct bouquet that is easily identifiable. Our classic style Muscato displays the citrus and tree fruit characteristics of this varietal but is enhanced with a wonderful floral note. Your taste buds will be also treated to a slightly sweeter finish as there is a but more residual sugar.
This wine is not only a great summer sipper but pairs well with a whole host of dishes. Try a little roasted chicken, pan fried fish, pulled pork or stir-fry.
Sauvignon Blanc is such an interesting grape varietal and can be vinified into several different styles. At Angels Gate, the house style is to maximize on the fruit character of the wine while maintaining that racy acidity. The acidity is a hallmark of this varietal and creates structure and finesse. This wine fits neatly between Unoaked Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.
On the nose, look for that lemon zest and a hint of grapefruit. One might also find some classic grassy notes or a herbal quality. Enjoy this Sauvignon Blanc with your favourite fish recipe and you won't be disappointed.
To top it all off this wine won a Gold Medal at the 2019 Ontario Wine Awards!
|Aging Process:||Stainless Steel Fermented|