Friday, April 8, 2011

2009 Reif Estate Vidal (Ontario VQA)

$9.95 on general list in the VQA section at the LCBO. Closed with a very smart screwcap. 12% alc./vol.

Pours a very pale, crystal-clear, green-tinged clear-straw hue; a tiny bit of effervescence clings to the bottom of the glass.  Gentle aromas of melon and pineapple; very subtle.  Beautiful, laser-crisp acidity on the attack; clean and near-dry, but with a small amount of residual sweetness just rounding out the entire package.  Plenty of zesty white grapefruit flavours on the mid-palate and in the finish.  Clean and bracing structure; palate-cleansing. 

I tried it at basement temperature, but served chilled, it would really sing.  This went perfectly with pan-fried cod fillets. 

2009 wasn't an especially good vintage in Ontario, being quite cold and a bit wet.  Yet Vidal - the icewine grape - once again shows its mettle and versatility, putting out a wonderful table wine that can be enjoyed in as many situations as the imagination allows.

No comments:

Post a Comment