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Get to Know Nova 7

In 2007, a small, experimental idea was hatched at a Nova Scotia winery–to pioneer a new style of wine that celebrates, and benefits from, Nova Scotia’s unique location and geography. Benjamin Bridge was that trailblazing winery and they created Nova 7, a wine that transformed, and continues to distinguish, the Nova Scotia wine landscape.

VINTAGE NOTES

Those who have monitored the growth and evolution of the Nova Scotia wine scene may remember a newsworthy frost event from 2018, in all likelihood connected to climatic changes, which resulted in a significant disruption to the momentum of our flourishing local industry. Perhaps one of the most important facets of the exciting 2021 vintage appears to be, finally, the return to full strength of our most expressive coastal vineyards. Not only did vines return to their pre-frost level of vitality, but they delivered a vintage of unparalleled abundance. This vintage is connecting, like no other before, the past, present, and future.

Rekindling the freshness and vibrancy of the origins of Nova 7 dating back to our first 2007 vintage, this 15th-anniversary vintage showcases the quintessential, thirst-quenching appeal that has woven Nova 7 into the very fabric of Nova Scotia. The extraordinary generosity of the vintage also applied to one of our most finicky and unpredictable grape varieties: the NY Muscat. This detail is of importance, as the unmistakable, signature fragrance of Nova 7 is provided by our maritime Muscat. The result of this ample crop is twofold: equally outstanding floral and tropical aromatics, as well as a softer profile that allows the wine’s natural sugars to sit at a historical low.

Finally, this wine is also an achievement in low intervention winemaking, featuring no sulphites at harvest, wild fermentations, and the lowest possible interference between your glass and the vineyard. Amongst a host of sustainable benefits is the powerful ability to connect this wine to place, making the 2021 Nova 7 a true ambassador of the region we call home.

 

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TASTING NOTES

“In the glass, delicate amethyst colour with echoing brilliance. On the nose, suggestions of lemon tree blossoms and jasmine are intertwined with a tropical fragrance channeling sweet guava. The palate is vibrant and energizing, with invigorating notes of ripe key lime, zesty mango sorbet and passionfruit coulis.”

SERVING TIPS

Nova 7 is best served well chilled, directly from the fridge or ice bucket. A light choice at 6.5% alcohol, it is a wonderful apéritif with light hors d’oeuvres and can heighten a myriad of spicy fare. Perhaps the absolute best pairing for Nova 7, is the fresh air on a Nova Scotian patio. A high-quality wine stopper will maintain a bottle of Nova 7 for up to a week.

Buy Nova 7 this summer for a chance to win a VIP Winery Tour with Helicopter Ride! Find full contest details on the Benjamin Bride website.

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