The Ratafia is a new style of dessert wine at Chankaska Winery. Ratafia has traditionally been made in the Champagne region of France by taking freshly pressed grape juice and fortifying it with brandy. Using this technique, our Estate Edelweiss was picked on September 4th, pressed, settled and then fortified with Grape Brandy before taking it down to barrel for aging. The Brandy addition stops the fermentation from happening and leaves the wine with a natural sweetness.
On the nose, aromas of honey, dried fruits of golden raisins, apricots and hints of allspice. On the palate, more honey and golden raisin notes flow into a toasted almond paste and sweet pear. The wine finishes with fresh acidity to balance the sweetness.
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