For a limited time, this back vintage of Nova 7 is available for purchase. If you're looking for the current vintage, see 2020 Nova 7.
In the glass, golden amber hues with a glint of salmon pink. The nose is highly fragrant with touches of wild lily, lychee, and starfruit. The palate is lively and energetic with suggestions of freshly squeezed lime, papaya, honeydew melon, and crisp green apples. A thirst-quenching wine that integrates floral aromatics, delicate roundness, and Nova Scotia’s unmistakable, zesty acidity.
Varietal Composition: A blend of Muscat varietals, l'Acadie, Vidal, Geisenheim, and Ortega. Alcohol: 7.5% pH: 3.1 TA: 6.7 g/l RS: 60 g/l Brix (avg. at harvest): 18º Service Temp: 3°C Recommended drinking: 2021-2023
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It is impossible to approach the subject of the 2018 vintage without referring to a climatic anomaly unseen in decades; a devastating late spring frost (-1C to -4C) on the morning of June 4th occurred well after bud break when the vines were particularly tender.
As the plants were in a highly vulnerable stage in their growing process, losses ranged from 20%to 100%, depending on vineyard site and parcel. Relying more than ever on the strength of its network of local grape growers, Benjamin Bridge made the commitment to source as many grapes as it could from across the Annapolis Valley so that it could remain true to its roots. Crafting “Nova Scotia’s iconic wine” with 100% locally grown grapes proved challenging, owing to the lower yields throughout the region but our winemaking and viticultural team rose to the challenges with characteristic patience and inventiveness.
The results have exceeded our expectations. We likely shouldn’t be surprised though, given the storied relationship in winemaking between low yields and exceptional vintages. With a reduced fruit load, the vines delivered more energy to a smaller number of individual berries, resulting in higher concentration and flavour intensity. While our losses were great, we’ll take the trade-off for exceptional quality