2016 Brut

2016 Brut

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In the glass, deep straw colour with a canary hue. On the nose, an evocative bouquet of tangerine oil, pastry, lemon confit and marzipan is supported by bright suggestions of sea minerals. On the palate, an effortless and elegant frame filled with structure and density is complemented by notes of lime blossom and crème de cassis. A persistent finish lingers elegantly with reverberating hints of white flowers with toasted almonds.

Varietal composition: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 11%
TA: 8 g/L
pH: 3.00
Dosage: 11 g/L
Brix (avg. at harvest): 18ºBx
Aging: 4 years on lees
Recommended drinking: 2021-2026

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FURTHER NOTES

This wine is the second instalment of the vintage which reveals the transformative evolution of our traditional method sparkling program; a change intuitively affected in 2016.

Following in the footsteps of the '16 Brut Rosé, the introductory wine of this transcendent vintage in the making, the ‘16 Brut sheds a light on the proverbial richness of this textbook growing season. Amongst the technical differences observed with this vintage are the introduction of complete malolactic fermentations, fermentations and elevage in oversized French barrels as well as harvest parameters priming ripeness and full maturity. 

All of these new stylistic guidelines share in common their ability to promote rich and opulent textural qualities, aimed at complementing the natural acidity found in Gaspereau-grown Chardonnay.

As if Mother Nature supported this aesthetic transition, a vintage of superlative richness emerged in 2016, adding a decadent advantage linked to prolonged dry weather as well as the highest seasonal heat units in recorded history (a record which has since been exceeded in 2020). This historical wine classifies as a Blanc de Blancs in the Champagne nomenclature, or in other words, made exclusively from Chardonnay. Simply put, this could be Benjamin Bridge’s most accomplished wine ever released ...