Be ready to be impressed with wines from Nova Scotia! Debbie was recently in Halifax as an invited speaker at the Atlantic Canada Wine Symposium where she discovered that the wine industry is rapidly growing…and the wines are turning heads too. While not readily available in the wine stores across Canada, all the more reason to include a visit to a winery or two when you plan your next trip ‘out east’.
Domaine de Grand Pre is definitely a place you will want to stop. One of the oldest wineries in Nova Scotia with a well established reputation, gorgeous vineyard & winery complete with the Le Caveau restaurant where you can eat outside under a canapy of vines, the whole experience will WOW you.
While Debbie was at the conference in Halifax, Savvy Sommelier, Susan Desjardins was at an event in Ottawa where she discovered Domaine de Grand Pre’s Ortega wine. Susan shares with you her tasting notes below.
What is Ortega you ask? It is a hybrid grape variety that was created by crossing Müller-Thurgau and Siegerrebe grapes who stemmed (pardon the pun!) from the more common Riesling and Gewürztraminer varieties. With the harsh weather in Nova Scotia, there are many unusual grape varieties that grow extremely well. Keep your mind open & palette ready when you visit Domaine de Grand Pre or the 12+ wineries in the province to discover what Nova Scotia wines are all about.
Cheers & Enjoy!
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: On her first sip, Susan found this wine has a very aromatic off-dry well-balanced wine—think of fruit cocktail, sweet citrus, pineapple—and offers lovely floral and fruit aromas. Full fruit flavours of pear, nectarine and sweet citrus are framed by a vibrant acidity. There’s a tantalizing and pithy note of candied citrus rind on the lasting finish.
Suggested Food Pairings: Very tasty with double-crème Brie, or try it with a chicken mushroom salad with a lemon-mustard dressing.
Susan has more reviews Nova Scotia wines on NatDecants