Neige (which means snow) is made from apples harvested in the fall and pressed at Christmas time. Their juice is then kept outside in the freezing winter cold, in order to naturally separate the sugar from the water through the process known as cryo-concentration. This is the way we then obtain our precious syrup, which we let slowly ferment over a period of 6 to 7 months.
The color is a golden yellow with light reflections.
On the nose it is pure and clean, the aroma of freshly-picked ripe apple with striking intensity.
On the palate it's a crisp, flavorful attack. A perfect balance of sugar and acidity. Perfect as an aperitif or to accompany sharp cheese (Cheddar or goat) or veined cheese (blue), and desserts. Serve chilled.
"This smells like a barn full of apples, heady and vivid. It tastes even more vivid, with the sweet, concentrated flavors of apple pie and the tang of cider; the smooth gentleness of applesauce and the crisp, malic edge of the just-picked fruit. It's delicious on its own, even better with thick chunks of extra-sharp cheddar.
Wine & Spirits
"A beautiful Quebec classic ice cider, with vibrant notes of fresh apple slices drizzled with honey and clove. Round and full in the mouth without being overly heavy and cloying, the tangerine citrus lifts up the sweeter ripe baked apple and superripe stone fruit flavors. Long and immensely satisfying on the finish; a great after dinner sipper for company."
I visited the niagara area and had my first taste of icewine awhile back - it was incredible for a lover of sweet wines. This wine, though, was a tad disappointing in comparison. Sweeter than normal wine, only slightly syrup-like. Good, but not what I expected at icewine prices. I feel like a true ice wine should be thicker, more viscous. Perhaps this is because it is made from apples, not grapes. I would buy again, but probably not before checking to see if a true grape icewine is in stock, preferably from Canada where they are actually regulated. NOTE: The bottle label says 13.5% alcohol, rather than 12% as advertised.
Caveat: I don't consider myself a wine connoisseur. I prefer sweet wines, which is why I chose to try this ice wine. Even with the residual sugar content, I found this wine to be too tart with a grapefruity aftertaste. Not my style; I was quite disappointed. I give this two stars instead of one because it's not the worst tasting wine I've ever had.