$29.95 / 750ml (Ontario Price Shown)
Bright amber in colour, with some cloudiness from lees in the bottle. Expressive nose with notes of wildflowers, tangerine, marmalade and bergamot. While the aromas suggest sweetness, the wine is bone-dry, with herbal replays and volume created by tannins and lees on the palate. The finish is long with the fruit and structure in fine balance. This very adaptable food wine pairs well with well-ripened cheeses [brie-style, taleggio], tempura / battered vegetables, cream sauces, herbed omelettes and smoked fish.
Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians.
90 points - "Ann Sperling's whole cluster, skin-contact, anti-modern machinery macerated Vidal is Ontario's amber torch bearer. Others have dabbled with the methodology and yet Sperling's speaks with clarity and irony. With plans to adjust existing parameters or create non-fictional ones as a new category within the incarcerating rigours of VQA designation, this Whimsy is anything but... The 2014 has stood up to time, persistently going strong at 13 months old, evolving, still teaching. In 2015 we find quite a consistent second kick at the natural can as a follow-up to the inaugural 2014. The citrus ratchets a notch or two as does the weight. Though there is less grapefruit and more warmth of flavour, there is certainly a push-pull of mineral manifested in the guise of a dissolving fizzy tablet. It's not a funky mess of enzymes and questionable bacteria. The 2015 Orange sits atop a foundation of fruit and acidity, cantilevers with structure and finishes with sincere length. Ersatz Ontario wine my tail. Consider the possibilities. Drink 2016-2018. Tasted January 2016."
- Michael Godel, WineAlign.com
**** - "Instruction manual for drinking: Yes, it smells like an IPA. Don't freak. I opened it, had a small glass and put in the fridge for 3 days. Then things started to happen. Great orange wine is the perfect median between red and white and this straddles the line perfectly. Delicate florals, refreshing acids and a cornucopia of fruit flavours, with drying tannin on the finish. A white with structure that doesn't need to get it from wood. Awesome. Drank it with a meat stir fry and it rocked it. Drinking companion wants cases of this in her house. Me too. Worthy of 4 stars, which means I would buy it. And I do. March 2016."
- Bill Zacharkiw, WineAlign.com
The handpicked clusters of our estate biodynamic vineyard were sorted, and then foot tread to crush ~30% of the berries. These were allowed to naturally ferment in partially covered bins for 25 days. The combination of whole clusters, stems, skins and juice makes a complex fermentation that does not really forma cap, so punch downs were infrequent allowing more of an infusion to take place. Temperatures gently rose to 25°C for 2-3 days, but stems, having no sugar, moderate the heat of fermentation. Both alcoholic (AF) and malolactic (ML) fermentations finished simultaneously in about 20-25 days. The bins were gently pressed and the wine allowed to settle. After 3 rackings, the wine was bottled without filtration. No additives of any kind were made to this wine.
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