Benjamin Bridge Brut 2012 Nova Scotia, Canada

I’ve written before about the sparkling wines from Nova Scotia producer Benjamin Bridge, which I like a great deal. The climate here is cool but moderated by the Bay of Fundy, with the world’s largest tides (16 metres!), and it enables grapes to reach full flavour ripeness but with high acidity and moderate potential alcohol, perfect for making traditional method sparkling. The 2012 vintage is lovely.

Benjamin Bridge Brut 2012 Nova Scotia, Canada
63% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, 12% Pinot Meunier. Lovely focus here: taut, crisp and refined with lovely citrus fruit. Delicate with some pear richness and fine spiciness. But this wine is all about length and finish. It just expands beautifully on the finish with layers of flavour that linger after the initial impression of tightness and crispness has gone. Quite special. 92/100

 

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