Benjamin Bridge Tidal Bay 2019
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2019 was a unique vintage by all quantifiable measures. A late spring delayed
bud break and the growing season began 2 weeks behind the average precedent,
making for an early deficit and hopes of a great summer to erase it. Our wishes
came true, with a warm and dry summer, placing us in a favourable position as
harvest slowly approached.
Just before the critical ripening window of mid-September, Hurricane Dorian
hit Nova Scotia- sending the vines in a state of shock and once again thwarting
their optimal ripening schedule. This resulted in historically late harvest dates, a
proposition which distinguishes Nova Scotia as a growing region, and comes with
exciting qualitative advantages.
Not surprisingly, since it is precisely the refreshing acidity and aromatic profile
that defines Tidal Bay, the unique climatic circumstances of 2019 ended up being
perfectly suited for this low-alcohol, energetic wine.
“In the glass, light golden colour with a bright canary hue. On the nose,
suggestions of fresh lime zest, baked apples and acacia honey are
enhanced by sea mineral undertones. The palate is lively and energetic,
with a myriad of citrus notes, fresh mangos and gooseberries. An
invigorating wine which sets a new benchmark for refreshing and thirstquenching qualities.“
Varietals: A blend using l’Acadie, Riesling, Ortega
(order of highest % to lowest)