2012 Inniskillin Vidal Icewine VQA Niagara Peninsula VQA

2012 Inniskillin Vidal Icewine VQA Niagara Peninsula VQA

2012 Inniskillin Vidal Icewine VQA Niagara Peninsula VQA

One of the treats to myself from the Christmas season, I purchased a few mini-bottles of the 2012 Inniskillin Vidal Icewine. I opened this young Icewine for the most recent Ontario Wine Chat on Twitter. I am a huge fan of Icewine in general, usually the aged variety, so I decided to open a younger one to see how it compares to the aged versions I have opened recently.

The colour was light golden yellow, much paler than the deep golden colour that most aged Icewines are. The nose was bright and lively with a definite sweetness of preserved lemons and candied pineapple. With a silky unctuousness and gently cloying (in a good way) mouthfeel, the flavours were a replay of the nose with lemon marmalade and pineapple preserve.

A welcome change to the aged Icewine I usually open, the youth and vibrancy of this delicate nectar was enjoyable from the first sip to the last.

Peller Estates Limited Edition Founder’s Series 2003 Vidal Icewine

Peller Estates 2003 Vidal Icewine

Peller Estates Limited Edition Founder’s Series 2003 Vidal Icewine

Wednesday night is #ONWineChat on Twitter. I try to open an Ontario Wine and with this week’s topic being #Cuvee2014 that is coming up in a couple weeks I thought a wine was needed to reflect the grand nature of a Cuvée Gala. I had put this bottle in the fridge for two weeks prior but didn’t end up opening it. Tonight was the night to open this aged Icewine, one of bottles I have had in my cellar the longest. I can’t remember exactly where I got this, but I think it was on sale many years at the local LCBO. I really like aged Icewines for the added luxury that time gives.

Peller Estates 2003 Vidal Icewine A gorgeous golden hue

Peller Estates Limited Edition Founder’s Series 2003 Vidal Icewine
A gorgeous golden hue

The colour of golden glory, a deep burnt yellow. The nose was Sherry-like at first with roasted nutty sweetness, changing to notes of freshly pulled Laur’s Butterscotch and Lemon Salt Water Taffy from their booth at the Norfolk County Fair. Beautiful wife thought the nose had a hint of hard maple candy and apricots.

The mouthfeel is smooth like silk, a luxurious sweetness balanced by refined acidity, not cloying at all, vibrant in an aged way, with a whisper of winter softened tannins. Candied pineapple, preserved lemon, lanolin and happiness. Beautifully rotten grape juice.