Friday, July 24. 2015
As noted in yesterday’s posting, Devonian Coast is by far Nova Scotia’s largest viticultural enterprise, embracing three wineries in three different wine regions within the Province. All of them, Jost, Gaspereau and Mercator produce their own versions of Nova Scotia’s unique Appellation, Tidal Bay. Tasted side by side, they offer a fascinating comparison within an overall similar style.
Also included in today’s reviews are the new Jost Coastal White and Red blends and a distinctive newly released wine from Gaspereau Vineyards named “Gina’s Red,” in honour of Gaspereau’s talented Winemaker, Gina Haverstock.
Jost Vineyards Tidal Bay 2014, Nova Scotia, 11% $19.99 NSLC General List and directly from the Winery Store. Delicate floral, grapefruit and lightly herbal aromatics lead the way for zesty crisp citrus, stone fruit and dry mineral on the palate. Lively and very clean, it finishes with a nicely balanced touch of residual sweetness. Elegant and refreshing as an aperitif and a fine pairing for lighter seafood and summer picnic fare. **
Gaspereau Vineyards Tidal Bay 2014, Nova Scotia, 10.8% $21.99 NSLC General List (Select Locations) and directly from the Winery Store. The blend of Seyval Blanc, Vidal, Chardonnay and Muscat gives a softer impression on the nose, showing subtle floral perfume with notes of yellow and tropical fruit. Crisp lemon citrus kicks in on the palate with a touch of white peach, classic Nova Scotia bright acidity, mineral grip and contrasting creamy impression, finishing just off-dry. ***
Mercator Vineyards Estate Grown Tidal Bay 2014, Nova Scotia, 11% $24.99 Available only from Jost and Gaspereau Winery Stores Here, the blend of l’Acadie, Seyval Blanc and New York Muscat reveals elegant tree blossom, citrus, melon and green apple scents, yielding to rounded, generously full lemon, lime citrus and green apple flavours, backed by signature Nova Scotia crisp acidity and firm mineral. Finish is lightly off-dry with crisply refreshing acidity and lingering sensations of fine fruit. ***
Jost Coastal Vineyards l’Acadie Blanc-Riesling 2014, Nova Scotia 12% $14.99 NSLC General List and directly from the Winery Store This unusual blend works brilliantly. The aromatic bouquet is elusive but shows ripe yellow fruit with characteristic Riesling lemon citrus and floral intensity. Peach and green apple interplay in the mouth with refreshingly bright acidity, dry mineral and a touch of sweetness on the clean, refreshing finish. Excellent value. **
Jost Coastal Vineyards Marechal Foch-Marquette 2013, Nova Scotia 12% $14.99 NSLC General List and directly from the Winery Store Aged in French oak for 6 months, this medium bodied red presents cherry, red plum, vanilla and cinnamon spice on the nose. Sour cherry and green herbal character show up on the palate, with firm dry tannins and rather forward acidity, finishing with a splash of chocolate on the dry tannic finish. Pair with grilled red meats, tomato-based pastas and cheese. *
Gaspereau Vineyards Gina’s Red 2013, Nova Scotia 12% $21.99 NSLC (Limited Selection) and directly from the Winery Store The four grapes in this blend are Marechal Foch, Marquette, Triomphe d’Alsace and Lucie Kuhlmann. Both red and dark fruits are apparent, with a light spice a splash of vanilla, a whiff of clove, dark chocolate and a suggestion of licorice. The wine is medium bodied, with lightly firm but approachable tannins and not overly aggressive acidity. You might loosely compare this one to an Italian Valpolicella or Sangiovese. It will pair well with tomato based pasta, pizza, braised meats and firm-ripened cheeses.**
*Good value in its price range
** Particularly good value in its price range
***Exceptional value in its price range