In the glass, a deep straw colour with an emerald hue. On the nose, an intense floral and herbal bouquet is complicated by citrus undertones. The palate is dense and vivacious, with a touch of green apples and dried apricots intertwined with the saline, savoury core. A tonic, elegantly balanced wine.
What if the hallmarks of great Rieslings happened to align with the most fundamental qualities of Nova Scotia wines: low in alcohol and refreshing, energized by natural acidity, and, more importantly, an ageing ability measured in decades.
Each harvest we assign a dedicated vessel to as many single-vineyard wines as possible, to avoid blending early - unless desired. By doing so, each year we offer many wines the opportunity to define their future - by either surprising us in quality, or at times, being declassified as a wine for that vintage.
In November 2017, we did not expect to make a single vineyard Riesling from Black Dog Vineyard in Wellington Dyke.
However, after isolating it due to the distinctive character provided by its high botrytis content, the wine elevated itself above its peers. With its textural richness and complexity, this wine became the cream of the Riesling crop.