The Little Beaver Zweigelt Icewine 2008 – Isabella Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: C+

Zweigelt Icewine 2008 – The Little Beaver (Isabella Winery), 13% ABV – 375ml, (Richmond, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“An exceptional Icewine with elegant plum aromatics and cinnamon notes. The flavours of dried fruits and the acidity of strawberry create a perfect balance and long, finish. Try it with brie or dark chocolate.”

  • Style: (Zweigelt) Icewine
  • Taste: Grape-berry fruity alcoholic dense sweet cloying
  • Where I got it : @Winery in Richmond
  • How much: $82 (WAY overpriced) – 375ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: not worth the price

Visual: It has the dated label of ‘The Little Beaver’ winery, now known as Isabella Winery. Cork half disintegrated upon opening. Pours golden peach-orange with micro sediment, likely from the cork.

Nose: sweet red grape, green muscat, raspberry-apple, mild alcohol nasal tingly. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thinnish viscosity, incoming tangy

Mid-palate: dense (lvl-8)-sweetness mixed with alcohol, (MAIN) red grape, alcohol bitterness.

Finish: sour cherry-raspberry fruity, raisin, residual cloying sugars, alcohol hit

Summary: For the price, my palate was expecting something more extravagant and exclusive. A decent and very drinkable icewine but way overpriced considering Volcanic Hills has one out there for half the price.