Select Late Harvest production in Canada refers to the second pressing of our estate icewine grapes. After the first pressing, the ice begins to melt, resulting in a lighter bodied wine, while maintaining a similar flavor profile to the icewine. This wine has a light straw color in the glass, and moderate viscosity. The nose shows notes of mango, peaches in syrup, and pineapple. The palate is medium sweet, not cloying, and with flavors of ripe pear, golden delicious apple, peach, and pineapple, finishing clean, and with refreshing acidity.
Stainless steel at 15°C (57°F) for approximately 8 weeks
This wine is perfect as an aperitif or digestif. It also can be enjoyed with strong cheeses (aged cheddar, deep veined blue cheese) or desserts less sweet than the wine, featuring citrus and fruit; a surprisingly well-paired choice for an eclectic brunch, too.
As with many cool climate regions, vintage variation is an inevitable part of the business. The 2019 vintage was cooler, shorter, and with a bit more rainfall than 2018. Cooler vintages are perfect for aromatic varietals, like Vidal, and are well suited for Late Harvest due to the concentration of flavors and acidity. The cooler days kept acidity in the wine high, resulting in increased balance and longevity.