For this vintage, we connect back to one of the most pivotal developments in the sparkling wine story of Benjamin Bridge.
First, 2016 was an outstanding vintage, and there appears to be an intriguing sequence separating the best sparkling vintages by a 4-year internal: 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 and, from the type of summer we had, 2020 is shaping to be a one-of-a-kind vintage as well. Second, 2016 marked the most significant change in how our sparkling wines are made.
Pre-2016, the grapes were grown and harvested to maximize acidity and freshness. Base wines did not go through malolactic fermentation and were aged exclusively in stainless steel to accentuate brightness.