Vidal Late Harvest 2010 – Arrowleaf (Canada)

Vidal Late Harvest 2010 – Arrowleaf, 11.2% ABV – 375ml, (Lake Country, BC, Canada)

From the arrowleaf site:

“Vidal is a winter-hardy French hybrid that is particularly popular in Canada and the north-eastern United States.  The variety ripens late and has very thick skins that are able to withstand the unfavourable winter weather.  We generally harvest a portion of the grapes in December and leave the rest to harvest when the temperature drops low enough to make icewine.  We then blend the two portions and aim for an average sugar content of about 32 brix.”

  • Style: Late Harvest (Vidal)
  • My Rating: B+
  • Taste Profile: Apricot/red apple -> honey -> caramel/clean finish.
  • Where I got it:Swirl Yaletown
  • How much: $23, April 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to friends: yes

Tasting notes: pours clear medium-golden yellow. Bright fruity apple-nectarine nose. Bold apricot, red apple, mild tartness, 9/10-sweetness, honey, lime, light caramel, finishing with light warm and clean. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, great drinkability.