In the glass, a deep, amber hue. On the nose, lemon rind and green apple comingle with minerality. On the palate, the wne displays an electric, invigorating personality with saline minerality complemented by suggestions of baked apples and citrus compote.
Nestled in the upper Gaspereau Valley, our vines are susceptible to cold snaps, especially our sensitive vinifera plantings. Yet, even with extraordinarily low cropping and yields (less than 1 tonne per acre) in the best of years, the wintering risks have always proved worth the challenge. The few precious berries resulting from a harsh winter in 2009 underscored to the extreme, the natural, albeit costly, quality advantage of low yields – a key determinant of increased flavours, textures and length. This vintage possesses these qualities in abundance and will develop further with time – a cellar keeper.
Varietal composition: 25% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir, 60% Seyval
Vineyard composition: 100% Benjamin Bridge Estate
Harvest dates: October 2009 (hand harvested)
TA: 10.2 G/L
Brix (average at harvest): 18.5º
Bottling date: August 2010
Aging: 5 years on lees
Recommended drinking: 2017-2024
Price: $74.50 CDN, 750mL