Benjamin Bridge Cabernet Franc Rose (750ml)
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Benjamin Bridge vineyards are located in the heart of the Gaspereau Valley on the Bay of Fundy, where the cool climate bears an uncanny affinity with the Champagne region of France. The estate makes a range of wines;sparkling, white, red, rose, dry and sweet. Though the focus is on making world-class Méthode Classique sparkling wines that have been compared in tastings to Champagne. The handcrafted wines of Benjamin Bridge have helped raise the profile of the Nova Scotian wine industry.
In the glass, a light salmon colour with a magenta hue. On the nose, evocations of gooseberry preserve and red currant are accentuated by touches of flint and lime. The palate is lively and brisk, with its suggestions of blood orange and McIntosh apples, seemingly enhanced by a dash of sea salt. A tonic, stimulating rose striking a perfect balance between zesty acidity and a deeply layered texture.
This vintage is a story of how one wine’s loss became another wine’s gain. For the last three years, a precedent had been set that if an extraordinary red wine was to emerge at Benjamin Bridge, it would undoubtedly hail from a resilient 25-year-old parcel of Cabernet Franc on the banks of the Habitant Estuary. Recently converted to organic viticulture, this reinvigorated ecosystem had routinely produced a Cabernet Franc (red) of uncommon depth and texture, and nothing seemed capable of slowing down the ascent of this wine. On an exceptional basis, the 2019 Cab Franc Rosé is featuring 100% of the fruit traditionally destined for the small-lot, barrel aged Cabernet Franc Red, making this vintage one of Benjamin Bridge’s most anticipated rosé releases. 100% wild fermented with no additions.
This Cabernet Franc Rose from Benjamin Bridge has always been one of my go-to local wines, as it is fresh, flavourful, and incredibly dry! When paired with entrees like turkey or ham, the BB rose expresses juicy notes of raspberry off of the vine, with hints of lime and minerality on the nose, and enough acidity to balance richer dishes being served. A gorgeous wine to bring as a host gift, or to serve at your own special dinner!