Benjamin Bridge & Glooscap First Nation Rose (750ml)
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Benjamin Bridge is 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 hand crafted wines of Benjamin Bridge have helped raise the profile of the Nova Scotian wine industry.
In the glass, clear pale salmon color with an amber hue. On the nose, a combination of key lime sorbet and fragrant lavender is brightened by undertones reminiscent of fresh-cut mint and shaved ice. The palate is lively and exotic, with notes of zesty mango, passion fruit, and mandarin rind. The finale reverberates with mineral freshness.
A blend of white and red grapes; 45% Ortega, 43% Riesling and 5% Pinot Gris are given their light pink hue by the addition of 7% Gamay Noir. The wine is low in alcohol at 10.0% and fully dry with zero residual sugar.
About the collaboration between Benjamin Bridge & Glooscap First Nation.
Although Benjamin Bridge has always held sustainability as a core value, they admit that it is inaccurate to suggest that they always possessed the perspective that they now have regarding their settler’s past. Twenty years ago, their understanding of the land where the vineyard was planted was almost exclusively focused on the sensory profile of the wines and how these wines measured against European standards. However, one day, a friendship came into their lives and changed everything. Ni’tap is the term Mi’kmaq use to describe this type of relationship. Through this allyship, they learned how little they actually knew about this land called Mi’kma’ki. This allyship with Glooscap First Nation embodies something many are now coming to learn: we must look at the past to not only understand present-day circumstances but also that our actions today have implications for future generations and that the solutions for balance and wellbeing must be reflective of that specific ecosystem and place. Since time immemorial, Mi’kmaq have lived in balance within the unique ecosystem where these vineyards are now planted. This wine embodies the friendship and allyship between Benjamin Bridge and Glooscap First Nation and is a reflection of their mutual desire for a future in the image of this holistic definition of sustainability.