Blend : 85% Estate L'Acadie, 15% Seyval Blanc, Annapolis Valley
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 1692 bottles produced.
Aged sur lie for 23 months before first disgorging. Finished with a higher dosage (12 g/l) than our Prestige Brut but still to the customary brut style.
Suitable for vegan diets
Here's a family favourite food pairing - Stir Fry
Dry with enhanced minerality from estate grapes on ancient seabed soil of schist and sandstone gravels. Citrus and tropical flavours and steely acidity enveloped in pillows of richness. Toasty notes in the background.
*****Gold Medal, 93 points - 2021 National Wine Awards of Canada
Wine critic and judge Michael Godel,
"Brilliant autolysis in sparkling wine that speaks in the glacial till vernacular of Nova Scotia bubbles. A cogent yet balanced stick of Annapolis Valley dynamite, cumulative of salinity, fruit and bitters. Last tasted blind at NWAC2021, October 2021.
From the frost year (June 5th), a blend of l’acadie and seyval blanc in a sparkling wine that shows the formers’s resilience, having raced out to meet bloom, veraison and harvest dates. In a 30 per cent crop but vines that bounced back the following year for a full yield out of harvest. A wine that meets the LV twain, somewhere between the fruit first sparklers and those of the longest tirage. The length of this is more than surprisingly impressive from a wine that looks for a new slate in every vintage. A wine of trials, investigations and experiments. Not at the toast ceiling but consistently malolactic and in that 8-12 g/L dosage. Truly a Brut style and middle of the road in the most complimentary way. Drink 2022-2026. Tasted September 2021."
Wine critic and judge Michell Bouffard,
"Rich and toasty on the nose and the palate with notes brioche and lemon rind mingling. Tangy acid with chalky texture. Very good. Dosage well integrated."
85% L'Acadie Blanc, 15% Seyval Blanc
Food Pairing Notes
Pasta in rosé sauce,
Potato and pasta salads
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