After a distinguished winemaking career highlighted by his success with major wineries in the Okanagan Valley, Bruce Ewert moved to Nova Scotia in 2004.
In the short time since, his L’Acadie Vineyards in the Gaspereau Valley has established an enviable reputation for producing authentic traditional method sparkling wines. Ewert’s aim from the start has been to produce the highest quality, fully organic wines from Nova Scotia’s proven grape varieties.
He planted his first organic grapes in 2005 for the 2007 Prestige Brut, which will be released this coming Saturday. It is an amazing achievement to have coaxed this quality out of such very young vines.
As these vines mature future vintages will develop further depth and complexity.
L’Acadie Vineyards Prestige Brut 2007, estate grown and certified organic, Nova Scotia, 10 per cent, $45.99 (The Bishop’s Cellar and directly from the winery — only 24 cases made): Offers aromatic floral and citrus bouquet with notes of mineral, brioche and a dash of vanilla. Shows very fine mousse, developed citrus and green apple flavours supported by firm mineral backbone and vibrantly focused acidity. Long fruity floral finish is rounded out with lightly creamy brioche. ★★★