Icewine…the nectar of winter. Or, should we say, nectar of the gods? What else could you possibly call a drink that goes for as much as of $250,000 per 350 ml (11.8 oz)? That’s the price you’d have to pay for an ultra rare bottle of Royal DeMaria, 2000 Chardonnay icewine. Most icewines are priced well below that figure, but they still garner higher prices than traditional wines.
The grapes used to make the sweet dessert wine aren’t pressed until they are frozen. As such, 1/5th the amount of grape juice is pressed from each frozen grape compared to the non-frozen variety. For vintners, a general rule of thumb is that each frozen grape will yield just one drop of icewine. The flavor of the finished product is divine. Depending on the varietal, the nose can offer notes of peach, pear, honey, dried apricot and green apple. In the glass, the flavor is a sumptuous combination of apricot, peach, mango, melon and other sweet fruits. This fabulous black tea blend uses real icewine to deliver all that fruitysweetness in a rich, round cuppa.
No one really knows who invented icewine, but the Latin poet Marcus Valerius Martialis (AD 40-102) wrote that grapes should be left on the vine until they were stiff with frost. Evidently, he preferred the rich, sweet wines produced after November.
Ingredients From: Sri Lanka
Region(s): Nuwara Eliya + Dimbula + Uva
Grade(s): OP (Orange Pekoe)
Growing Altitudes: 4000 – 8500 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type(s): Tea : Orthodox (Traditional leafy)
Cup Characteristics: Add a dash of sugar and have an organoleptic journey to the winter vineyards of Niagara. A
delicious fresh and piquant white grape flavor with hints of exotic fruit that pleasantly lingers on the tongue.
Infusion: Bright and Coppery.
Luxury Ingredients: Black tea, White tea, Raisin pieces (sunflower oil, sulphites), Natural Organic Compliant flavors and Ontario Ice wine.