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Pillitteri Estates Winery 2013 Reserve Vidal Icewine

Tasting Note

A stellar Icewine encompasses fantastic aromas of floral notes, honey, candied orange peel, peach and apricot. You’ll find intense flavours of pineapple, lychee, and honey on your palate, as well as a voluptuous texture, balancing acidity and long finish.

Vidal Icewine pairs well with chocolates and fruit-based desserts as well as strong cheeses.

This wine can be enjoyed immediately but if cellared, will expand in complexity through to 2023.

Serve at 10-12°C (50-54°F).


The 2013 vintage was excellent. A spring rain had buds bursting about 4 weeks earlier than normal, and a steady warm summer period with moderate rain allowed for plenty of time to ripen grapes. Relatively dry conditions continued through the fall keeping the vineyards clean and our grapes for Icewine healthy. The fruit for our Reserve Vidal Icewine comes from our oldest and best vineyards. Our meticulous selection criteria begins in the vineyard and concludes in the cellar where we examine the final wine’s sugar, acidity, pH and alcohol balance to determine if it is worthy of our Reserve Icewine level. A small amount of oak treatment during fermentation gives added complexity and depth.

Additional Information About Terroir:


  • Soil Predominantly clay loam with glacial sediments over Queenston bedrock
  • Climate Full, intense sun exposure during the day combined with cool air coming off Lake Ontario at night resulted
  • in high differential between day and night temperatures
  • Topography Relatively flat topography rising 95m (312 ft) above sea level


Yield (litres) 900L/acre (2200/ha)
Trellising 4-cane Kniffen
Age of Vines 15+ years
Vine Density 1210/acre (3000/ha)


Harvest Date 21 January 2014
Harvest Temp. -9°C
Brix at Harvest 40° Brix
Fermentation Stainless steel at 15°C (59°F) for approximately 10 weeks
Oak Treatment 20% fermented in French oak

Technical Details:

Appellation VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
Blend 100% Vidal
Production 5000 cases (12x200ml)
Alcohol 10.5%
Residual Sugar 216 g/L (22)
Total Acidity 9.1 g/L
pH 3.53

2012 Vintage: 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast


375 ml bottle
$65.00 by the bottle
Alcohol/Vol. 10.50 %
Produced By: Pillitteri Estates Winery
Bottles Per Case: 2
Deposit: $0.10 per bottle
Varietal: Vidal
Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake
Sugar Content: 216.00 g
Hold: Hold 3-10 years
Availability: 2-3 Days

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