Gill’s Pier Ice box Apple
Winery: Gill’s Pier
Brand/Type: Ice box Apple
Region: Leelanau Peninsula
Alcohol content: 10%
Closure: Synthetic cork
Appearance: Pale straw
Aroma/Bouquet: Green apple
Gill’s Pier is a small winery with only four acres of vines. Given their small size, they concentrate on quality. Like many Northern Michigan wineries, they specialize in Whites. Northern Michigan has an ideal climate for whites and the Leelanau Peninsula boasts some of the very best white wines anywhere.
Northern Michigan is also renowned for cherries and with that most wineries offer some sort of cherry wine. Yes, Gill’s Pier does too but this review is about their Ice Box Apple.
Ice Box Apple is for certain a niche wine. Don’t confuse this with Boone’s Farm, Annie Green Springs or some sort of bottom shelf wine-like substitute. This is a serious wine!
Semi-sweet with complexity rarely found, your palate is treated to a wonderful parade of flavors. The label boasts “Crisp, Tart, Bright, Bold, Misty, Smart, Sassy, Earthy”. While I can’t say much for the “Misty, Smart, Sassy” portion of the label, the rest is indeed true.
It begins with a slightly sweet beginning rich with tangy sweet red apples and then melts into a tart green apple taste with a crisply light mineral finish.
This pairs very well with spicy foods like Indian, Thai or Chinese. It’s probably not a wine that you drink alone but certainly with a meal or as an aperitif.
This is a hard to find yet very worth your effort. If you are ever in Michigan, by all means stop by their tasting room. Their website has online sales as well as list retailers throughout Michigan.