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Inniskillin Niagara Vidal Icewine 2018 (375ml)

Canada, Ontario
93 D

Decanter 93 pts / Robert Parker 94 pts!

Aromatics of tropical fruit including mango and orange dominate, on the palate fruit flavours including peach, nectarine and lemon are balanced by crisp, lively acidity. Think texture not just sweetness! Perfect on its own; a variety of cheeses (blue veined, aged cheddar, rich cream cheeses with dried fruits); seared scallops; lobster; rich pates and fruit based desserts.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava VQA Niagara Peninsula
Producer Inniskillin (Niagara Estate)
Vintage 2018
Color Dessert Wine
Varietal(s) Vidal
¥12,100  (incl. tax)

Decanter 93 pts / Robert Parker 94 pts!

Aromatics of tropical fruit including mango and orange dominate, on the palate fruit flavours including peach, nectarine and lemon are balanced by crisp, lively acidity. Think texture not just sweetness! Perfect on its own; a variety of cheeses (blue veined, aged cheddar, rich cream cheeses with dried fruits); seared scallops; lobster; rich pates and fruit based desserts.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava VQA Niagara Peninsula
Producer Inniskillin (Niagara Estate)
Vintage 2018
Color Dessert Wine
Varietal(s) Vidal
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 375mlml
Alcohol 9.5%
Product Code A023D00318
UPC 620654110018
Inventory In Stock (20)
Tag(s)  Icewine
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Aromatics of tropical fruit including mango and orange dominate, on the palate fruit flavours including peach, nectarine and lemon are balanced by crisp, lively acidity. Think texture not just sweetness! Perfect on its own; a variety of cheeses (blue veined, aged cheddar, rich cream cheeses with dried fruits); seared scallops; lobster; rich pates and fruit based desserts.

Pairing

Think texture not just sweetness! Perfect on its own; a variety of cheeses (blue veined, aged cheddar, rich cream cheeses with dried fruits); seared scallops; lobster; rich pates; fruit based desserts.

Press
93Decanter (UK)
Inviting aromas of caramel, butterscotch and dried apricot lead to a palate of baked white fruit, almond and spiced orange.
Reviews & Ratings

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 94 pts
The 2018 Vidal Icewine comes in with 245 grams of residual sugar, 10.5 of total acidity and 9.5% alcohol. An early harvest began on December 14 and continued for several consecutive days. With its typical peach and apricot nuances, this shows off strong flavors and a lot of sugar, but it does have some concept of balance as well. In fact, this is a bit lighter and brighter in perception than its 2019 sibling this report, although that may also be because this is a year older. I think the 2018 is a hair better in some ways, but it's pretty close, and we'll see how they stack up over the years. They are both very well done, with the winery maintaining a consistent style over different vintages.

Production

Appellation

VQA Niagara Peninsula

Vinification

Naturally frozen on the vine and picked when the temperature drops to a frigid -10ºC. Only a small amount of concentrated nectar can be squeezed from each bunch. The juice is then slowly fermented at an average temperature of 15ºC to achieve a rich, specialty wine.

Producer

Producer Description

With a rich history as well as a wide collection of wines, Inniskillin winery is one of the most well-known wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake. As Canada’s original estate winery, it has proved its credentials all over the world. Its table wines that have won several accolades are classified into different types, some rare, others limited edition and yet others which have been produced in specific vineyards. This winery has been a pioneer in icewines and is the world leader in in this category. In fact, Inniskillin icewine is sold in more than 74 countries worldwide and is the topmost distributed wine in Global Travel Retail.

Icewine Process

It all started in 1975 when Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser established Innskillin Wines. They became one of the early icewine pioneers when Karl produced icewine from Vidal grapes in 1984. The process for making icewines requires freezing cold temperatures. It has to be constantly below minus eight degrees Celsius for the grapes to be harvested. Since 1984, Inniskillin has mastered the process and gone on to win several awards, both Canadian as well as international, for its iconic icewines.

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