wines of Benjamin Bridge, Nova Scotia, Canada
Top quality sparkling wines from this marginal
is based in the Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia. Canadian wine regions
tend to be marginal, hemmed in at either end by extreme cold, and
Nova Scotia - the bit of Canada that sticks out into the sea at
pretty much its eastern extreme at the same latitude as Montreal, is
marginal. But the influence of the Atlantic helps make it possible
to grow grapes here that are perfect for making sparkling wine.
The project here was started back in 1999, and with Peter Gamble as
consultant, as well as input from sparkling wine expert RaphaŽl
Brisbois, the first wines were released from the 2004 vintage. On
site winemaker is French Canadian Jean-Benoit Deslauriers, who makes
traditional method fizz from the three classic Champagne varieties.
I was really impressed.
Benjamin Bridge Mťthode Classique
Brut 2009 Nova Scotia, Canada
7 g/l dosage. Wonderfully pure and bright with citrus, pear and
white peach fruit. Nice precision. Focused and fresh showing detail
and superb balance. 92/100
Benjamin Bridge Brut Reserve 2007 Nova
4 g/litre dosage. Fresh, precise, lively and concentrated with
lemony precision and focused citrus fruits. Lovely, stylish fizz
with a linear, lemony core. 93/100
Nova 7 by Benjamin
Bridge, Nova Scotia, Canada
This is inspired by Moscato d'Asti, and it's 7% alcohol. It took
2-3 years to get the blend right. This is Muscat plus other grapes
(8 varieties in all), with three varieties of Muscat in the mix.
Lively and tangy with fresh grapey characters, some jelly notes and
brisk acidity. Fresh and delicious. 88/100
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