GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON VIDAL BLANC

Vidal Blanc, a cross between Ugni blanc and Rayon d’Or, is a hardy, thick-skinned white grape variety. Created by Jean-Louis Vidal in France during the 1930’s, Vidal Blanc can be used to produce both dry and sweet wines. It’s a very versatile grape – it can be aged in wood, left on the vine for a late harvest, or blended with other whites.

However, Vidal Blanc is best known for its incredibly rich and tingly Icewines. Vidal’s thick skin, strong resistance to cold and high natural acidity made it the perfect candidate to champion the Ice wine category. Canada’s Niagara Peninsula and Ontario are the most famous for Vidal production where ice winemaking happens every vintage. It’s also widely planted in the US (Virginia, Michigan, Missouri, New York etc).

To discover this grape variety, we suggest to taste 2015 Jackson-Triggs Reserve Vidal Icewine from Niagara Peninsula. The grapes for the 2015 Vidal Icewine were picked and pressed in early January 2016. The juice was pressed immediately upon arrival at the winery, and then fermented cool with specially selected yeast . The fermentation was stopped when the perfect balance of alcohol and residual sugar was reached.

Nectar-like in both flavour and texture, this Icewine boasts delectable notes of honey and vanilla, which are perfectly complemented by  green apple and citrus zest. The lush and creamy mouthfeel is perfectly supported by a vibrant, fresh acidity, while flavours of lemon candy linger on the finish.

Useful tips:
– serve it well chilled 6-8˚C

Amsterdam, January 29th 2020