Vidal Icewine 2007 – Peller Estates (Ontario, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B+]

TL:DR – “Intense grape-raisin with some pineapple-mango nuances. Great stuff.”


Vidal Icewine Private Reserve 2007 – Peller Estates, 11.5% ABV – 200 ml., (Niagaro-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada)


on the back label:

“This rare wine is made from frozen Vidal grapes hand picked at night below -10C in the middle of Canada’s cold winter. One drop of nectar is pressed from each grape to produce this luscious highly aromatic wine. Intense flavours of tropical fruit, peaches and honey are followed by a refreshing lingering finish…”


  • Style: (Vidal) Icewine
  • Taste: Fruit grape-raisin soft tropical liquid sweet
  • Where I got it : Superstore / Edmonton
  • How much: $18.29 – 200 ml., sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Yes
  • Recommended: Yes
  • What made an impression: clean complex enjoyable flavour

Visual: (cellared for 11 years). Pours copper brownish orange, clear as water.

Nose: raisin, honey, fig/date (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: thicker viscosity

Mid-palate: sugar and alcohol bite, jammy raisin, dissipating (lvl-8-sweetness), mango

Finish: concord grape, sticky raisin, pineapple

Summary: Absolutely delightful. Complex grape flavour accompanied by a the advertised tropical backend. The sugars are intense but scatter quickly enough for the fruitiness to kick in.

Vidal Icewine – Pillitteri Estates (Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B

Vidal Icewine 2007 – Pillitteri Estates, 11.5% ABV, 200ml, (Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada)

from the Pillitteri website:

“Tasting Notes:     A bright, alluring, golden color hints at the elegance of this absolutely stellar Icewine. A taste of this Icewine reveals its full opulence with the richness swirling gracefully and filling the palate with an explosion of lush fruits of mango, passion-fruit, pineapple and lychees. The fruit driven sweetness is supported perfectly with the well-balanced acidity and the lavish, lingering heat. Fantastic with exotic fruit salad, crème caramel, Roquefort cheese, blue cheese, or simply on its own after a beautiful meal. For a sweet experience, try it with foie gras. This wine will age beautifully for at least 5 years due to the high yet balanced acidity.

Prodution Notes:     The fruit for this unique treasure was harvested throughout January at -10 degrees with an average sugar of 37.9 oBrix. The juice was seeded with a variety of specialized yeasts such as EC1118, DV10 and V1116 and fermented in a stainless steel tank over a period of approximately 6 weeks at 12oC to 215 g/L residual sugar. Post fermentation, the wine was racked off gross lees and protein stabilized prior to sterile filtration. ”

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  • Style: (Vidal, White) Icewine
  • Taste Profile: dense apple sweetness -> alcohol/mango/pineapple/peach -> warmth/acidic/fruity sweet finish.
  • Where I got it : Central City (Surrey)
  • How much: $18 – 200ml (after 10% off), April 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: sure, it’s affordably priced

Visual: Canada, known for it’s subzero temperatures and vast landscape has an ideal climate to produce icewine. In fact, Canada has surpassed Europe and USA to become the world’s largest icewine producer (wiki). With such low yields, prices of premium icewine ($75/375ml) have almost reached the same price per ml as XO Cognac ($150/750ml). As with any premium product, not only is it about what’s in the bottle, but also what’s outside the bottle, namely the packaging. Pillitteri has done a great job with it’s textured, glossy paper wrapped cardboard box with sealed by a magnetic clasp. A warning though, 200ml is BARELY enough for one person, let alone two… Pours dense golden yellow-orange, clear as water.

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Nose: sweet peachy pineapple, with hints of passionfruit. (8)-aromatic strength.

Attack: dense sugars, thickish viscosity

Mid-palate: bitter alcohol detection, (MAIN) tangy/sour apple-mango, pineapple, peach, (HINT) passionfruit

Finish: (7)-alcoholic warmth, tangy-acidic, fruity clean-sweet finish.

Summary: You’d expect something 10/10 on the BC Liquor sweetness scale to cloying, but it isn’t. On the contrary, it’s quite clean due to the sustained acidity and alcoholic presence, both of which add texture and depth to the overall experience. This bottle reminds me why I like icewine so much. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)