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Minus 8 Vinegars & Verjus

 
 
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Introducing Minus 8... named after the temperature at which its grapes are picked.

 

Our family-owned vineyard is in Canada, where hot summers ripen grapes, and cold winters allow for the making of icewine.

 
 
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What is Icewine?

Made from grapes that remain on the vine through winter, to naturally freeze in the vineyard. During the late fall and winter, the skins of the grapes crack, starting a slow oxidation process that develops a very rich palate in the juice. When the temperatures fall below minus 8 degrees Celsius for several days, the freezing cold naturally concentrates the grape juice in the vineyard. The grapes must be picked and then pressed while still frozen to extract the rare and exceptional juice.

 
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Minus 8 Vinegars & Verjus

Many of our vinegars and verjus begin with grapes grown, picked and pressed in the style of icewine. Others are made from specifically grown and perfectly ripe tomatoes, or apples picked from local orchards and pressed the same day, grapes grown in the shade, or maple syrup made bespoke for us in Québec. Some products take months to make, and others many years.

 

Our Products

Minus 8 - Barrel Aged Icewine Vinegar
Minus 8 - Barrel Aged Icewine Vinegar

Icewine vinegar named for the temperature at which the grapes are harvested and pressed. Barrel aged for years in a French oak Solera system started in 1997. Icewine is made by picking grapes that are naturally frozen on the vine and pressing them while they are still frozen. The yield is very limited but the juice is rich, naturally sweet and full of flavour.

Keep in mind that while the quality for Minus 8 is always high, they are small batch agricultural products subject to slight variations due to the changing character of the vintage each year.

Tasting Notes: Appearance: Deep dark amber colour
Density: Quite thick, concentrated and viscous; it flows down the glass with a thick coating
Aromas: Very complex, quite aromatic, with a forward notes of ripe tropical fruit, apple butter, Asian spice, a combination of dried and baked/stewed fruit (a mixed bag), vanilla, sandalwood/cedar, cocoa powder and nuances of toasted nut, madeira and cream sherry.
Palate: Sweet, rich, concentrated flavours follow its aromatic profile, with additions of caramel, prune, plum, cooked sweet tree fruit; finish is amazingly long and persistent.

Dehydr8 - Riesling Vinegar
Dehydr8 - Riesling Vinegar

Made from the sweet raisins of hand-picked and air-dried Riesling grapes. French oak and bottle aged several years.

Tasting Notes: Appearance: Medium amber colour
Density: Moderate viscosity
Aromas: Quite aromatic, with nuances of honey, dried apricot, candied fruit, spice, toffee, apple butter and caramel
Palate: Sweet/sour, quite viscous but well balanced and lively on the palate, with honey, citrus rind, raw nut, apple sauce,overripe pineapple and toffee; a long, lingering pleasantly sour finish

L8 Harvest - Icewine Vinegar
L8 Harvest - Icewine Vinegar

L8 Harvest Vinegar is made from icewine. Icewine is made by harvesting grapes in winter when they are naturally frozen on the vine. The grapes are frozen solid when they picked and when they are pressed. The juice is richin flavour, natural sugars and grape acids. The icewine is finished, and then converted into vinegar. This step takes months in temperature controlled tanks - important for keeping the true taste of icewine all the way through to the bottled vinegar. L8 Harvest Vinegar is bottle aged.

Tasting Notes: Appearance: Medium to deep amber colour, looking quite thick and rich
Density: Medium to thick and rich
Aromas: Multi-faceted with underlying notes of sherry (olorosso), toasted nut, caramel, light spice, vanilla, peanut crumble, white chocolate, vanilla pudding, notes of old Armagnac and spicy rye whisky
Palate: Sweet and tangy, rich and dense, with tangy well-balanced acidity, flavours of dried fruit, vanilla, pineapple and notes of olorosso sherry; this all leads to a long, sweet piquant finish

Veget8 - Tomato Icewine Vinegar
Veget8 - Tomato Icewine Vinegar

Made from Cabernet Franc icewine, San Marzano and Roma tomatoes. We grew our grapes in a way that brought out the naturally vegetive characteristics of Cabernet Franc grapes, made icewine, then vinegar. We made vinegar from local gorgeous tomatoes. Then we blended the two to make Veget8 vinegar. Pure fruit, that tastes like vegetables.

Tasting Notes: Appearance: Medium to deep amber colour, looking quite thick and rich
Density: Medium to thick and rich
Aromas: Multi-faceted with underlying notes of sherry (olorosso), toasted nut, caramel, light spice, vanilla, peanut crumble, white chocolate, vanilla pudding, notes of old Armagnac and spicy rye whisky
Palate: Sweet and tangy, rich and dense, with tangy well-balanced acidity, flavours of dried fruit, vanilla, pineapple and notes of olorosso sherry; this all leads to a long, sweet piquant finish

IP8 - Beer Vinegar
Dehydr8 - Riesling Vinegar

Beer Vinegar with aromatic hops and Minus 8 icewine grape juice.

IP8 Vinegar begins with beer made in the style of IPA (India Pale Ale). To further enhance the hop and beer characteristics, a blend of aromatic hops are added to the mixture. Juice from Minus 8 premium icewine grapes is blended in. There is no oak aging. IP8 is meant to be used fresh, like beer. It is made in small batches for freshness.

Tasting Notes: Appearance: Moderately deep golden amber colour
Density: Viscous and rich
Aromas: A very complex, multifaceted vinegar that evolves with time. Initially slightly earthy and resinous on the nose, with roasted malt and (light roast) coffee bean notes; then the aromas develop with additions of candied apple, buckwheat/wild-flower honey, pine and spicy/hoppy notes; afterwards the nose becomes additionally layered with exotic aromas of jasmine, light citrus rind (orange and grapefruit) and both cooked and tropical fruit notes.
Palate: Richly sweet and balanced with zingy acidity, exhibits a palate is as expansive as the aromas; first there are intense flavours of roasted barley, brown sugar and sweet caramel; overripe golden pineapple, sweet grapefruit, biscuit and toasted pine nuts and resin follow; finish is lingering and complex with jasmine tea, melon, orange/lemon peel, and light soya sauce/miso paste notes.

Apple 8 - Cider Vinegar
Dehydr8 - Riesling Vinegar

Apple 8 is cider vinegar made from a select blend of delicious Canadian apples.

Slowly fermented and made into vinegar, the flavour of fresh-pressed apple juice shines through. Ideal for savoury, dessert, and cocktail applications.

Tasting Notes: Appearance: Brilliant golden-brown liquid
Density: Moderate viscosity
Aromas: Apple jelly, honeysuckle, apple blossom, apple cider, caramel
Palate: Sweet apple cider, Macintosh apples, tart Granny Smith apples, apple pie, smooth and balanced finish Uses: Finishing vinegar for savoury applications - vegetables, meats, seafood, fruit, macerating fruit, jellies, jams, aspics, vinaigrettes
Desserts - sauces: crusts, macerating, finishing vinegar to balance sweetness
Cocktails: wonderful in cocktails with whiskey/bourbon and oak aged spirits, with vodka, gin, fruity cocktails

Maple 8 Vinegar
Maple 8 Vinegar

Maple 8 Vinegar is the essence of pure maple syrup.
- 4 years of aging Maple 8 in oak barrels developed delicious flavors.
- Barrel fermented from Québec maple syrup.
- For savoury, pastry & bar.

Tasting Notes: Appearance: Deep bright golden amber colour. Density: Medium thick with rich viscosit
Density: Moderate viscosity
Aromas: Elegant nose of maple syrup, ripe yellow plum, cooked apple and French vanilla with woodsy notes and hints of raw hazelnut, burnt sugar, rye and earth.
Palate: Impressive sweet and sour entry follows by rich flavours of buckwheat honey, maple sugar, caramel, lemon curd, candied fruit and melon, with notes of white pineapple, dried citrus peel, mineral and spice. Crisp acidity tempers the natural sweetness and refreshes the palate on the finish.
Uses: Chefs will find many uses for this unique vinegar. We love using it in marinades for fish (think ceviche) and chicken, in glazed root vegetables, adding it to the liquid in the slow cooker, and in a BBQ sauce. Try a few drops of this over fresh grapefruit, or use it to balance icings or dessert preparations.

Concord 8 - Grape Vinegar
Concord 8 - Grape Vinegar

Vinegar that tastes like fresh Concord grape juice is made from these delicious grapes that are native to our area.

Tasting Notes: Appearance: Deep purple colour (almost stains the glass)
Density: Medium thick with rich viscosity
Aromas: Penetrating and intense, quite grapey with fresh red and black berry fruit, chocolate, jam (blackberry/mulberry), super-ripe fruit, like overripe raspberries and wild strawberries, with notes of dried cranberry, ripe banana and fresh grape juice.
Palate: Sweet/sour, piquant, grapey, fresh blackberry coulis,mulberry jam, framboise, wild strawberry, grape jelly, almost like a fresh young ruby port or banyuls without the alcohol.

This vinegar is not for the faint of heart; a focused powerhouse of aromas and flavour, it trades complexity in favour of intensity.

Maple Brix Verjus
Maple Brix Verjus

Sour and fruity pure premium Minus 8 grape musts are blended with the best Québec maple syrup.

Several varieties of premium Minus 8 grapes are hand-picked while they are sour, and at several more intervals during the growing season when the taste of the natural grape juices develops in flavour and sweetness.

The best tasting (in our opinion) pure maple syrup from Québec was made for us, to use for Maple 8 Vinegar, and here for Maple Brix. The maple syrup is blended with the Minus 8 grape juice to make Maple Brix. It does not contain any vinegar (acetic acid). Refrigerate Maple Brix after opening. Keep in mind that while the quality for our verjus is always high, they are small batch agricultural products subject to slight variations due to the changing character of the vintage each year.

Tasting Notes: Appearance: Deep bright golden amber colour
Density: Moderate viscosity
Aromas: Slightly reserved and elegant on the nose, with enticing aromas of maple syrup, green mango, white peach, honey and notes of green coffee bean, mulberry and fresh herb (marjoram?).
Palate: Wow! While the nose pulls you in with its reserved aromas, the palate positively explodes like a super sour candy. Initially sweet, with flavours of maple syrup, burnt sugar and maple candy; then shows a palate bracing edge of tangy acidy and notes of zingy citrus, green fruit and tart fresh sorrel.

8 Brix Red Verjus
8 Brix Red Verjus

8 Brix Verjus RED: “ice” verjus, made with the juice of Minus 8 icewine grapes. Several varieties of premium wine grapes are hand-picked at five intervals beginning in August (sourest) and ending usually in January at icewine harvest(sweetest). We pick grapes that are naturally frozen on the vine and press them while they are still frozen. There is no alcohol or acetic acid in verjus.

The juices are blended by taste. Keep in mind that while the quality for our verjus is always high, they are small batch agricultural products subject to slight variations due to the changing character of the vintage each year.

Tasting Notes: Appearance: Medium pink/rosé
Density: Moderate viscosity
Aromas: Aromas of both dried and stewed red berry fruit (cherry and raspberry), cranberry jelly, cold raspberry tea, green fruit and lemon, with slightly earthy, herbal, leafy, floral/violet notes.
Palate: Medium sweet, sweet and sour and well-balanced with noticeable zingy, mouthwatering acidity on the palate. Exhibits flavours of spring cherry, cranberry, green plum, unsweetened berry compote and red sour candy with a dried red berry fruit character on the long tangy finish.

8 Brix White Verjus
8 Brix White Verjus

8 Brix Verjus White: Our “ice” verjus is a seasonal product made with the juice of Minus 8 icewine grapes. Several varieties of premium wine grapes are hand-picked at five intervals beginning in August (sourest) and ending usually in January at icewine harvest(sweetest). We pick grapes that are naturally frozen on the vine and press them while they are still frozen. There is no alcohol or acetic acid in verjus.

The juices are blended by taste. Keep in mind that while the quality for these products is always high, they are small batch agricultural products subject to slight variations due to the changing character of the vintage each year.

Tasting Notes: Appearance: Ranges in colour from yellow, to deep orange, to amber to rose (depending on the batch)
Density: Moderate viscosity
Aromas: Green grassy, sauvignon blanc, dried chokecherry, apricot
Palate: Medium sweet, herbaceous, sweet and sour, well-balanced with noticeable - zingy, tangy, mouthwatering acidity and notes of sour candy on the long finish.