When Hungarian-born Andrew Peller arrived in Canada in 1927, his dream was to persuade his new country to learn to love and appreciate fine wine as much as his fellow Europeans. After numerous setbacks and involvements in the brewing and newspaper industries, and with the financial help of his son Joe, by now a doctor, Peller Family Estates was finally born in 1969.
The Pellers are Icewine pioneers, being among the first families to explore the possibilities of this unique Canadian style of wine. But they went further, planting their Niagara Peninsula vineyards closer to Lake Ontario in an effort to make their Icewine fresher and more food-friendly.
Producing Icewine is an extraordinarily laborious process, involving the thawing and freezing of grapes on numerous occasions, picking them at the perfect moment and, in the winery, a long, slow pressing during which the winery workers have been known to stage a few games of hockey to pass the time.
The wines that result, uniquely unctuous but with a piercing streak of lip-smacking freshness, are delicious on their own, but acquire new dimensions alongside food. A trait best showcased by Peller's in-house chef, Jason Parsons, aka the Willy Wonka of Icewine.'
Proximity to Lake Ontario allows for full ripening of grapes while retaining acidity. Total icewine vineyard size 250+ hectares . 544 vines/ hectare planted North /South to maximize sunlight. Trellis/ Canopy: Scott Henery/ VSP. Pruning 2-4 cane kniffen.
"Naturally frozen Riesling grapes are hand harvested at -10°C. Pressed frozen, releasing only one drop of pure extract from each grape. Fermentation is performed at a cool temperature to retain fruit concentration. The wine is aged 100% in stainless steel. Alcohol 10.5% Acid Level: 12.5g/l Sugar level: 234g/l "
Luscious dessert wine, exhaling yellow plum and star fruit, then filling the mouth with golden pineapple and candied lemon.