2014 Reserve Vidal Icewine
Icewine is a labour of love. One has to be patient to wait for the grapes on the vine, and then pick the grapes in below freezing temperatures in the early hours to ensure they are at their optimum. Honeyed with apricot, pineapple and candied lemon peel aromas. Succulent fruit flavours in harmony with spice on the long finish. Our Reserve Vidal Icewine is a definite treat for the senses.
November 29, 2014
Our 2014 Reserve Vidal Icewine was sourced from our Naramata Ranch estate vineyard. The combination of the vineyard’s beauty, diversity, and location in the heart of the Okanagan appellation makes it especially valuable. Naramata Ranch enjoys the lake’s moderating influence, the “suncatcher’s effect," providing ideal growing conditions and an extended ripening period.
The 2014 vintage started well and was near perfect with some calling it the “best ever”! Winter and spring rains followed by encouraging July weather allowed the vines to focus on berry-set along with growing bunches. Hot weather in the summer months and an absence of rain saw the vine respond appropriately, with canopies in excellent balance, however, well thought out drip irrigation was a saviour this year, allowing the vines to maintain sufficient health to ripen. The dry, warm and hot summer produced good growth permitting all varieties to ripen with excellent balance. Cooler autumn months along with further assistance by rigorous leaf plucking and bunch thinning helped promote distinct varietal flavours. When the Okanagan’s warmest and driest growing season concluded on November 4th, it was judged as challenging but ultimately rewarding. Vineyards lived up to their pedigrees producing outstanding wines for the 2014 vintage.