NOVA SCOTIA UNCORKED - For the Love of Pink
The time is ripe to spend some time investigating the plethora of Nova Scotia rosé wines — you’re guaranteed to find one that’s just right for you. The charms of rosé wines are their unbelievable diversity and their range of styles conjured up by our talented winemakers.
For a Nova Scotia wine in the hue of pink, we have all styles for the offering — from tradition method sparkling frizzante to still wine, and all in a range from dry to sweet. Rosé wines are made in many different ways, but simply put they’re typically produced using only red grapes or by artfully blending white and red together. Therefore the options and creative freedom are endless for a winemaker crafting rosé.
For consumers, we get to enjoy the best of both worlds: some of the character of a red wine but also the chilled, fresh style of a white wine. The result is a versatile wine that’s either perfect for sipping and contemplating its complexity or a wine that is absolutely splendid with food. For the love of pink, give it a try! The following Nova Scotia rosé wines will not disappoint.
L’Acadie Vineyards - 2012 Vintage Cuvee Rosé
Style: complex and intriguing
A long-time favorite of mine, and the new vintage does not disappoint. This traditional method organic sparkler is crafted from L’Acadie Blanc and Marechal Foch and released after spending over 12 months on the lees. Ripe Bartlett pear, toasted almonds and apple blossom on the nose lead into a complex palate of prune fruit and chalky minerality. The fine mousse lifts and carries the fruit straight to grandma’s kitchen, where blueberry scones are coming out of the oven. It is a sparkling rosé of complexity and structure that will leave you intrigued at every sip.
Domaine de Grand Pré - 2014 Rosé
Style: dry and engaging
Tried and true Nova Scotia grapes L’Acadie Blanc and Leon Millot come together in this dry, classic rosé. Pretty in pink in the glass with a slight orange hue, this wine has engaging aromatics of red delicious apple and cherry ChapStick. On the palate it delivers a pure cranberry splash of tartness, great weight and a dry, refreshing finish. A perfect wine to accompany a wide array of fresh seasonal foods.
Lightfoot & Wolfville - 2014 Bubbly Rosé
Style: fruity and fun
A playful traditional method sparkling rosé made from an even more playful blend of grapes. Ortega, Chasselas, Geisenheim, Chardonnay, New York Muscat, L’Acadie Blanc, Riesling and Frontanac Rouge come together perfectly in the glass, delivering a gorgeous salmon hue and intense aromatics that reach out and pull you in for more. The wine spends limited time aging on the lees to maintain the primary fruit aromatics of peach, cobbler and strawberry pie. The sense of place is balanced on the palate with zingy grapefruit acidity and the subtleness of wet rocks at low tide. Fun and delightful, it will leave you begging for more.
Blomidon Estate Winery - 2014 Rosé
Style: crisp & layered
It’s time to sing “Strawberry Fields Forever” when sipping this bright, ruby-red rosé. The aromas are reminiscent of a strawberry u-pick farm, where the ripe berries rest in the warm sun on a bed of straw. With its spicy black-pepper edge and fresh garden herbs that linger on the palate, this wine has true depth. A delectable wine that delivers ripe fruit, zingy acidity and garden freshness all in one glass.
Jost Vineyards - 2015 Selkie Rosé
Style: light & inviting
A wonderful pink follow-up to Jost’s original Selkie. At only 8.5 per cent, this is a light, delightfully fresh and inviting wine. One sniff immediately transports me to the fairgrounds of summer, as candied apple, watermelon, caramel corn and a hint of muskiness fill the nose. The lovely balance of red currant fruit on the palate and the slight fizz extends the juicy acidity to balance out the sweet fruit character. Bring on the dusty days of summer with this wine, and let the good times roll.
Avondale Sky Vineyards - 2014 Lady Slipper
Style: juicy and fresh
Rich and ruby red, this rosé is produced using only red grapes, mainly Léon Millot with a small amount of Marechal Foch. The resulting wine is a true crowd-pleaser. Ripe raspberries with a hint of anise spice on the nose follow through to a juicy palate of candied rhubarb and blood orange. The hint of sweetness in this wine is balanced with the acidity of Damson plum and Bing cherries. An ideal wine to kick back and chill with.