15 November 2011
Strewn won two top prizes in the Sweet Wine category at this year's Ottawa Wine Challenge – its 2008 Vidal Select Late Harvest won both Gold and Best In Show!
The Ottawa Wine Challenge, the official competition associated with the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival, received more than 400 entries. Best In Show is in selected three categories only: white wine, red wine and sweet wine. Strewn also won four Bronze Medals in the competition for its: Chardonnay Barrel Aged 2010, Rogue’s Lot 2008, Strewn Three 2007 and Cabernet Franc Icewine 2008.
This most recent win emphasizes the quality of Strewn 2008 vintage wines in the dessert and sweet wine category; it follows two other significant wins this year. In March, Strewn Riesling Icewine won Gold for the best Limited Edition Sweet Wine at the prestigious Cuvee 2011 awards. The Strewn Vidal 2008 Icewine also recently won Silver at the 2011 Canadian Wine Awards.
Commenting on this double-win at the Ottawa Wine Challenge winemaker Joe Will said.
“We’re delighted with our success as Ottawa is a growing market for Strewn. Our Vidal grapes benefited from the cold temperatures during the 2008 winter harvest translating into a rich, flavourful wine in the glass.”
Strewn 2008 Select Late Harvest Vidal
$15.95 I Niagara Peninsula, Ontario I 89 points
Made by a second pressing of icewine grapes, this Strewn offering is less concentrated than icewine — and much less expensive. It’s quite charming and elegant, with peach pie, lemon, and some grainy complexity. Very stylish and sweet, with good balancing acidity. Chill very well and serve with lemon and cream pastries. LCBO 107219.
To read more of David Lawrason's review in Ottawa Magazine click here.
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