A relatively cool start to the 2016 growing season brought some early doubts regarding the Sauvignon Blanc’s ability to ripen to its full potential, but the modest heat units until the first week of August transitioned to a historical stretch of warm and dry weather, extending from mid-August to late October. The result is a wine of uncommon depth and textural qualities, channelling the most celebrated barrel-aged Pouilly-Fumé. This vintage is a blend of 45% estate fruit from our Gaspereau Valley vineyard and 55% fruit from a very special grower site in Granville Ferry further along the Bay of Fundy. The ’16 is only the second vintage of Sauvignon Blanc blessed with yields substantial enough to warrant a small-lot release. Fermented and aged in three year-old oak barrels, this wine is unfined and unfiltered, and was gently bottled by gravity.
In the glass, a deep and rich golden colour with a straw hue. On the nose, hints of grapefruit, smoke, cigar box and citrus peel are complicated by mineral undertones. The palate is full and densely structured, with elegant tropical notes and suggestions of sea minerals that resonates through the long finish. The palpable tension and youthful energy keep this unique wine extremely precise.
Varietal composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol: 12 %
TA: 7.8 g/L
R/S: 0 g/L
Brix (average at harvest): 20.5º
Recommended drinking: 2018-2022
Price: $47.95 CDN, 750mL