Gaspereau Riesling (750ml)
Gaspereau Vineyards is a picturesque 35-acre vineyard in the Gaspereau Valley. It has earned a reputation for making outstanding Rieslings under the care of European-trained, Nova Scotian born winemaker Gina Haverstock. Gaspereau Vineyards specializes in fruit-forward, terroir driven white wines, and smooth reds as well as traditional method sparkling wines.
A blend of Riesling grown in three distinct locations in the Annapolis Valley: Gaspereau Estate, Black Dogs and Warner’s vineyards. Combining these unique terroir, create a truly Nova Scotian Riesling. Notes of green apple and white pepper dominate the palate of this wine, a character contributed by the Warner Vineyard component of this Riesling while apple and kiwi notes with floral undertones are expressed more in the Gaspereau Estate component. The Black Dogs component mirrors the Gaspereau profile with added notes of dried apricot and a soft acidity. Minerality is a pillar of this wine and is exhibited to varying degrees in all three base wines. The wine finishes with refreshing acidity, a lingering apple and mineral note all balanced by a hint of sweetness. This off dry wine is very food-friendly.
Each block of Riesling was individually hand harvested at a ripeness level that both allowed us to capture fresh yet mature flavours and to retain a bright acidity that gives the wine its refreshing lift. 100% of the grapes were cold macerated on the skins overnight prior to pressing. The Gaspereau and Den Haan Vineyards Rieslings were were cool-fermented together while the Fox Harb’r Riesling was individually cool-fermented. Both ferments occurred in stainless steel. This year, new to Gaspereau Vineyards, we held back a small amount of unfermented juice and added it back to the fermented wine prior to bottling. This juice is called Suess Reserve and is used to give added fruit and weight to the final wine. The Riesling 2018 was assembled and bottled thereafter in the winter of 2019.