Pelee Island Vidal Ice Wine VQA, Ontario, Canada, 2016
This dessert wine is lusciously sweet and smooth with rich, concentrated aromas of apricots and peaches.
Icewine is a rare and exquisite product that had its beginnings in Europe nearly two centuries ago. Germany was the first to produce this wine and, as with most new ideas, it occurred by accident. Peasant farmers in Franconia were hit by a sudden, unexpected frost in the winter of 1794. Instead of despairing over the frozen grapes, they followed their instinct for frugality and made wine. The result was a small quantity of honey-sweet nectar with balancing acidity that was unlike anything they had ever produced.
Enjoy its superb tingling acidity and extraordinary length of finish as a sipping wine or a delicious accompaniment to semi-sweet desserts.