Sight : Brilliant shimmering pale straw
Nose : Peach and melon with hints of fresh cut grass. Nice floral hints
Palate : Grapefruit, pineapple with dry citrus finish complimented with honeycomb and mineral notes.
Bottled Date: May 3 / 2023
Brix at Harvest: 18.4′ Case Yield: 100
Harvest Type: Machine Harvest
DARK HORSE ESTATE WINERY is located a 10 minute drive South by car (or 25 minutes when driving the Hessenland Van). Their 85 acre vineyard, planted in June/July 2015 is home to similar soil conditions found in grape growing regions such as Bourgogne, Alsace, & Loire Valley in France. Their Vidal plants thrive in these conditions and great yields have been documented Vintage to Vintage. If it’s table wine, sparkling or icewine – the Vidal grape is up to the challenge and with produce a great wine regardless of style.
Developed in the 1930’s, it is a very winter-hardy variety that manages to produce high sugar levels in cold climates with moderate to high acidity. Having to deal with Huron County Winter temperatures, this trait ensures there will be minimal to no “Winter Kill”. Even with these valuable traits, France doesn’t authorize any wine to be produced using the Vidal Grape.
Although no Vidal is planted in the Schatz Vineyard, there has been multiple discussions surrounding expansion and the Vidal Grape has been mentioned. Much like the other Cool Climate Varieties that dominate the vineyard, Vidal would be right at home here.
PDF : 2021 “Blume” Vidal