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Peller Family Estates Ice Cuvee Vidal Dosage NV
Very fine bubbles spiral upwards, through this brilliant yellow straw coloured wine. The bouquet of apricot, yeast and ripe apple, with hints of honey, are followed by tropical fruits on the palate and a refreshing sweet grapefruit finish.
Using the ‘methode classique’, individual batches of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are fermented in tank. A cuvee is made using a selection of these wines which are then bottled with yeast and sugar. After aging on the lees for approximately 30 months, the bottles are riddled, degorged and a dosage of Icewine (110ml) is added.
Trophy for Ice Wine Producer of the Year IWSC 2007
The Peller family have been making wine in Niagara for 3 generations, and are widely regarded as one of the highest quality and most innovative of Icewine producers. Peller Icewine is a rare gift from a magical Canadian winter. Picked at the coldest moment of a winter’s night, each frozen grape creates just one drop of Icewine. One smooth rich, luxurious drop, at its best when it’s served wintery cold and sipped before dessert, with dessert or even as a dessert. Icewine is a rare dessert wine produced from the juice of naturally frozen grapes that have been picked in the middle of a cold Canadian winter. At 43 degrees latitude, the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario, home of Peller Family Estates is within the same latitudinal range as Southern France, Rioja in Spain, Chianti Classico in Italy and Oregon. The Niagara Peninsula is the only place in the world where every single year the summers are so warm red wine grapes can be ripened, but the winters are cold enough to make Icewine (but never so cold that the vines do not survive!) Grapes for Peller’s Icewines are always picked at temperatures of least -10ºC, with the grapes frozen on the vine and hand-picked in the middle of the cold Canadian night. Once picked, the grapes are pressed immediately while still frozen. Each frozen grape yields just one drop of intensely frozen juice. Authentic Icewine is very different from other dessert wines; prior to being picked in late December, the grapes freeze and then thaw 8 to 10 times. Each time they freeze, new and more complex flavours are released into the juice from the grape. The signature of great Icewine is the balancing tension between sweetness and acidity.
Gold Medal – American Wine Society 2006
Gold Medal – All Canadian Wine Championships 2007
Silver Medal – Effervescents du Monde, Chaintré France 2006
Silver Medal – Grand Harvest Awards 2007, California
90 points – “… It shows lavish peachy and apricot flavours, with a sweet mouthfeel but a dry twist at the end. Very addictive” Gordon Stimmel, Toronto Star December 20, 2006
3 stars out of 5 – Vines magazine, January/February 2007
Enjoy before a meal with salty appetizers, during a meal with seafood or risotto or after a meal with fresh fruit and creamy cheese. Excellent with spicy Asian food or Indian curry dishes.