CHÂTEAU VARTELY | Ice Wine | Riesling | 2013


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Tonight we are going to review an unique wine, as it’s not only a dessert wine, but a true ice wine – one of the wine treasures of the world. This wine is made of riesling grapes that were left to freeze on the vines until deep winter. Once you taste a well made ice wine, it really is hard to despise the wonderful gift that a marriage of grapes and a cold climate can create, but enough theory, let’s get back to the wine we’ve selected for the review tonight – Ice Wine Riesling 2013 from Château Vartely.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Deep yellow color with some topaz-yellow hues towards the rim.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with notes of jam, honey and overripe sweet fruits: honey, rubber, raisins, overripe sweet melon, ripe banana, overripe peach, ripe nectarine, polished wood, apricot jam, overripe yellow apples, skittles and some subtle hints of chalk.


The wine is extra-sweet, light on alcohol level, with high acidity and smooth tannin. It tastes delicious, jammy and honeyed, like a sweet-fruit elixir. This is a fruity, creamy and amazingly appetising wine, as it feels smooth, crisp and a bit oily, almost syrup-like. The wine has a good overall balance with an extracted and quite elegant mouth-feel.


The wine has a medium finish and a balanced, sweet and tart aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 91.3 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.

Conclusion: this is more of a nectar than a wine, that is quite close to its prime, but not yet on its peak form, thus some more bottle ageing is required (2-3 more years of bottle ageing). This is definitely a summer elixir that will do great on its own, as an aperitif or paired with some dried figs or any light desserts, like for example panna cotta or crème brûlée. Enjoy.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Ice Wine | Riesling | 2013

grape: | riesling |

region: MoldovaCodru

overall rating: | 91.3 |

conclusion: great | a must try



© The WineStatistics ratings are based solely on our own knowledge of the world of wine and on our personal wine tastes, which may, or may not, differ from yours – the reader. There are no absolutes of right and wrong in wine appreciation.

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