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Tonight we are going to review another unique wine, as this is not only a delicious dessert wine, but an ice wine – Ice Wine Riesling 2015 by Castel Mimí. This wine was produced using the modern technique of freezing the grapes (up to -10°C) before pressing, thus the resulting juice is highly concentrated in sugar and acids, due to the fact that the water in the berries was frozen and did not end up into the grape must. Classic ice wines are one of the treasures of the wine world – made from riesling grapes that are left on the vines to freeze deep into the winter, so that the sugar content increases due to dehydration and frost, as a result the wine becomes even more concentrated. But let’s not put too much emphasis on the theory and, without further ado, on to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Quite deep yellow color with bright topaz-yellow hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with notes of jam, honey and overripe sweet fruits: elderflower, overripe pear, petroleum, quince jam, overripe honeyed apple, rubber, lindenflower, honey, raisins, overripe quince, candied apricot, overripe white cherry, dried pineapple, straw grass, lemon jam, white cherry jam, apricot jam, mango, candied pineapple and some nuanced hints honeysuckle.
The wine is extra sweet, with medium alcohol level, high acidity and fine tannin. This is a real summer elixir: refreshingly crisp, smooth and elegant, with an extremely appealing, jammy-honeyed profile. It feels velvety, complex and creamy, with a mesmerizing, delicious mouthfeel and a quite supple, oily body. This wine is a real crowd-pleaser – with mouth-watering acidity, this wine ice wine delightful. The wine has a firm and full-body, good overall balance and it display quite nice signs of bottle ageing potential.
The wine has a long finish and a velvety, oily-crisp aftertaste.
This is definitely an exceptional wine of Moldova and, with a total of 94.0 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.
Conclusion: this wine is really mesmerizing – it’s more of a delicious summer nectar than an actual wine – definitely already in its prime form: elegant, oily and extremely appealing, with a nuanced jammy-honeyed profile – this is nothing else than bottled poetry. It is very nicely balanced and harmonious – a wine that can still age for another 3 or 4 years. Our recommendation is to drink it now, as long as it is still full of flamboyance and finesse. It will do great on its own, as an aperitif wine, or paired with crème brûlée, creamy panna cotta or baked camembert cheese served with honey dressing. Yummy!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Ice Wine | Riesling | 2015
grape: | riesling |
overall rating: | 94.0 |
maturity: in its prime
conclusion: exceptional | (a must try)
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