In the subjective world of wine, a firm consensus on any statement is rare, with the exception of the assertion that great wines are always made in the vineyard. From designing a biodiversity program to creating a thriving ecosystem surrounding the plants, head viticulturist Scott Savoy has spurred many changes since joining Benjamin Bridge in early 2015. Amongst other small revolutions, the transition to higher density plantings is top of the list for viticultural measures taken to improve quality and expression in the finished wine. The 2017 Estate Field Blend is an historical wine, as it is the very first crop from the young high density parcels, planted on a recently acquired 80-acre property adjacent to the original Benjamin Bridge vineyard. As is customary with the vastly reduced yields of infantile plants, the field blend displays amplified concentration in the harvested fruit. To complete the natural journey of a wine beginning with organically grown fruit, the fermentation and handling was minimal and raw, involving no sulphites, selected yeast, fining or filtration.
In the glass, a deep golden colour with an emerald hue. On the nose, hints of lemon oil, chalk, lime rind and crushed stones are brightened by marine salinity. The palate is lively, with energetic notes of green apples, mint and sea minerals. A natural refresher combining character, complexity and elevated drinkability.
Varietal composition: A blend of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir.
Alcohol: 11 %
TA: 7.5 g/L
R/S: 0 g/L
Brix (average at harvest): 19.5º
Recommended drinking: 2018-2019
Price: $29.95 CDN, 750mL