While the 2016 vintage marked the beginning of a new era with Champagne oenologist, Pascal Agrapart, joining as our team as consulting winemaker, the 2015 vintage stands as a bridge year, with a clear transition to a richer style and the introduction of partial malolactic fermentations in small oak barrels. A changing tide can be felt in this wine, channeling the past with its vibrant acidity while seamlessly paving the way for a new generation of highly textural wines in the future. The assemblage of this cuvée is the result of Pascal Agrapart’s input in our winemaking team’s blending trials of March 2016, when he visited Nova Scotia for the first time to assess the quality of our sparkling project. Suffice it to say he agreed to consult!
The ‘15 growing season was characterized by an unusually warm and dry sequence of 18 days with no precipitation between September 13th and October 1st, including temperature highs of almost 30 degrees on September 17th and 18th. This perfectly-timed dry spell allowed for the rapid progression of fruit maturity and set the foundation for the richness that defines the vintage. Our estate Pinot Noir was eventually picked relatively early on October 12th, while the Chardonnay benefited from additional hangtime and was harvested on October 20th.
“In the glass, a glowing salmon pink colour with orange highlights. The nose offers a deep and complex bouquet of tangerine and white cherry, with exotic accents of dried rose petals and elegant smokiness. On the palate, this creamy rosé is pure, full-bodied and focused, with refined notes of strawberry, poached apricot and mandarin orange peel. A complex wine layered with richness and intensity over an echoing finish.” Head Winemaker, Jean-Benoit Deslauriers
Varietal composition: 90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir
TA: 8.1 g/L
Dosage: 11 g/L
Brix (average at harvest): 18.5º
Aging: 3 years on lees
Recommended drinking: 2019-2024