The 2019 Ultimate Wine Challenge had over 15 entries from Canada, including 7 wines that scored 90 Points or above, and 1 wine that was awarded the Chairman’s Trophy. As the wine regions continue to develop, the surge in quality is evident.
The top scoring wine from Canada, The Hare Wine Co. Frontier Collection Cabernet Franc Icewine 2017 Niagara-On-The-Lake, scored an impressive 97 Points and took home the ultimate award of the Chairman’s Trophy. The runner up comes from the same producer, The Hare Wine Co. Frontier Collection Vidal Ice Wine 2017 Niagara-On-The-Lake, with a high score of 95 Points.The cool climate of Ontario is proving to be ideally suited to Icewine of the highest quality. The dry wines from the region also pulled in scores over 90 Points, with the Adamo Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2017, showing characteristic varietal flavor. With the industry in Ontario growing in quality and popularity, we can expect to see sommeliers adding these wines to beverage lists in the coming year.