2018 Vintage Cuvée Rosé
2018 was a challenging year for Nova Scotia vineyards. A late frost on June 5 devastated much of the crop, a massive and unexpected blow for our region. Our estate was hit with a 70% reduction in grapes. Many wineries brought in grapes and juice from outside Nova Scotia to adjust for their shortfall but we did not, preferring to maintain consistency of our brand with 100% Nova Scotia content.
L’Acadie blanc demonstrated its adaptability by budding out a second time after the young more fruitful primary shoots were killed and managed to race through the season and reach all its normal milestones of bloom, veraison and harvest date. In fact, grape maturity reached phenolic ripeness in early October with impressive quality indicators – a testimonial to the pedigree of Nova Scotia’s signature grape.
Crop levels were extremely low and quality was exceptionally high and concentrated – this vintage is very limited with only 661 bottles produced.
Aged sur lie for 34 months before first disgorging.
Blending goals for Vintage Cuvee Rose are always to strive to have harmony between fruit aromas and bottle aging autolytic characters. All grapes were whole cluster pressed with light press yields and pigments were also light. Aged in tank for 9 months and in bottle 25 months completes that harmony goal with juicy cherry and strawberry flavours and a hint of toasty notes.
.Suitable for vegan diets.