It’s starting to get cold, and the ‘season of mellow fruitfulness’ is well and truly here, so it’s time to indulge in unreasonable consumption of comfort foods like blackberry crumble and apple and cinnamon pies. Alternatively, you could choose a dessert of wine. I’m happy to choose ice wine over ice cream.
I had some Jackson-Triggs Vidal Ice wine from the Niagara area of Ontario, Canada. I occasionally spend some time in Michigan, so I can vouch for the required levels of ice in December and January.
It comes in quite an elegant tall, slim bottle. It only holds 250ml, a third of a bottle, or one large glass at a pub. It’s quite a deep, honey colour, and it smells of honey soaked apricots with marmalade. It’s sweet, but has a good hit of acidity which balances it well.
It tastes rather like a fruity dessert, the apricots, honey and marmalade are there, along with mango, and something like pineapple flambéed in rum (I accept that’s a bizarre description, but that’s what popped into my head and summed up the mix of flavours for me).
It’s only 10.5% and doesn’t feel heavy so a 250ml bottle works nicely as dessert for 2 or 3. I picked this bottle up from Threshers at about £15, but as Threshers offer 2 for 3 on all their wines (but not sherry – boo) it was closer to £10, not cheap but a nice treat.