Head Winemaker: Jean-Benoit Deslauriers
More than ten years ago, a winemaking experiment pioneered a new wine category to celebrate Nova Scotia’s unique maritime terroir – Nova 7.
The name ‘Nova 7’ encompasses so much of what has made this wine “an East Coast trailblazer”. ‘Nova’ pays homage to the winemakers’ commitment to a wine that could only be made in the Province of Nova Scotia and for the Latin word “new” to reflect the daring notion that we would create something completely original. The ‘7’ is in tribute to 2007, the year of the first commercial vintage when no one at Benjamin Bridge could have predicted the wine’s future success.
The 2018 vintage experienced a climatic anomaly unseen in decades: a devastating Spring frost on the morning of June 4th occurred well after bud break when the vines were particularly tender. This resulted in historically low yields throughout the region, and so crafting “Nova Scotia’s iconic wine” with locally grown grapes posed a great challenge. In this exceptional year, we partnered with several ultra-premium grape growers and like-minded wineries in the Niagara region, working with sustainably-farmed, terroir-driven fruit to supplement the blend. Meanwhile, the drastically reduced crop load in Nova Scotia allowed the vines to deliver even more energy to each individual berry. This resulted in higher concentration and flavour intensity which ensured Nova 7’s quintessential character — deep floral aromatics, invigorating freshness, subtle effervescence, and electric personality.
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Serve well chilled. Nova 7’s enticing aromatics complement foods with spice and flare.
In the glass, a pale salmon with orange hue. The nose is delicately perfumed, thanks to a myriad of white flowers and passion fruit. On the palate, the wine immediately refreshes, with tonic notes of key lime, mango and green apples. An invigorating wine, finding balance between engaging floral aromatics and energizing acidity.
Varietal Composition: A proprietary blend using Muscat varietals, l’Acadie, Ortega & Geisenheim.
TA: 5.7 g/l
RS: 60 g/l
Brix (avg. at harvest): 18º
Service Temp: 3°C