Gaspereau Vineyards2006 Riesling
For some time now, those in the know have speculated that the compact and picturesque Gaspereau Valley could possibly be the finest growing area in the province. With each vintage, the case for this seems to get stronger and stronger. The potential of the tiny valley has not gone unnoticed and a handful of veteran growers have hedged their bets on the promise of the valley’s steep slopes.
Hans Christian Jost planted his 35-acre vineyard here in 1996 on a dramatic south facing slope that provides exceptional air drainage and maximum sun exposure during the relatively short growing season in Nova Scotia. Still largely an unproven variety in the province, Jost reserved the uppermost portion of his hillside vineyard for Riesling – if Germany’s noblest of vines was to make a go of it in Nova Scotia, surely this would be the spot – and standing at the top of the Gaspereau vineyard, one is reminded somewhat of the vine clad inclines of the Rhine.
The 2006 vintage, like many in Nova Scotia, enjoyed Indian summer conditions that extended the growing season well into autumn. The Riesling was harvested on October 26th at just over 20 Brix. Winemaker Gina Haverstock chose to chill the juice and leave it in contact with the skins overnight in order to extract the delicate fruit and floral character of the grapes. Gina thinks she has succeeded, noting that upon pressing, the pure Riesling character was unmistakable. She knew she had hit the mark when the smell of the juice on her hands brought vivid flashbacks to her time in Germany’s Rheingau, where she apprenticed, specializing in Riesling.
The finished wine displays attractive lime and nectarine fruit, with wet stone and floral notes. A lean and racy Moselle-like structure with bracing acidity invigorates the palate, and just a touch of natural residual sugar delivers a sublime balance to the subtle fruit character and brisk acidity. The impression of balance is furthered by the moderate alcohol of just 11.3%. Overall, an impressive early showing for this noble variety in Nova Scotia and another validation of the Gaspereau Valley’s potential.
Reviewed May 1, 2007 by Adam Dial.
Other Awards & Accolades
Silver Medal - 2007 All-Canadian Wine Championships
Other reviewed wines from Gaspereau Vineyards
(Nova Scotia)Adam Dial 5/19/2008
(Nova Scotia)Adam Dial 12/13/2005
Brought up in a family with winery ventures in both California and Canada, Adam Dial seeks and appreciates diversity and individuality in wines. He is a Sommelier with more than two decades of experience in the hospitality and service industry, and is a respected wine educator, judge and industry advisor. In 2003 Adam Dial co-founded Appellation America.