A 375 ml bottle of Konzelmann Estates 2008 Vidal Icewine

Konzelmann Estate Winery 2008 Vidal Icewine

Konzelmann Estate Winery Vidal Icewine, 2008 Vintage

  • Pear and olive
  • Rich; tropical fruit and sweet apricot
  • Pears and honey; sweetness lingers

Canadian wine from the Niagara Peninsula, may be difficult to get in US; 10% ABV.

Over the New Years break, we hosted a lovely Canadian couple at DnU HQ. Polite Canadians that they were, they brought down a bottle of Konzelmann Estate Vidal Icewine. Icewines are generally sweet dessert wines made from grapes picked after the first frost. Due to the unique process, these wines are expensive and often bottled in thin 375 ml bottles. As dessert wines, they’re served in smaller portions, and–get this–served with sweet dishes.

A 375 ml bottle of Konzelmann Estates 2008 Vidal Icewine

Vidal Icewine in a thin bottle, just enough for one fun night.

The Vidal Icewine, a bit unusual at just 10% ABV–most dessert wines get closer to 20%–was a spectacular pour. It was the color and viscosity of virgin olive oil. There was a bit of olive on the nose, too, but that’s all that could be described as olive. Instead, the very sweet wine had an apricot and tropical-fruit flavor that became just a touch more subtle on the finish. And while it’s sweetness, with a sugar code of 22, was it’s most obvious characteristic, it was very complex and rich. We enjoyed it with our guests while eating left-over Christmas cookies, but it would go very well with semi-soft cheeses and fruit.

Konzelmann Estates is not easy to find in American wine shops, but it is available online to ship to the US. Or one could just get their Canadian friends to bring a bottle down from the Great White North.