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Compass Rose is a classic Provence-style Rose, made from our local grapes and expressing our unique terroir. The delicate structure and expressive aromatics make this an ideal food wine year round. Delicate dishes such as those made with local seafood, complex roasted chicken dishes or creamy pasta dishes are some suggested pairings. Compass Rose also pairs well with an array of cheeses and serves well as an aperitif.
The 2017 Mercator Sauvage is a wine made from a blend of Nova Scotian grown Petite Milo and Chardonnay. The grapes were allowed to spontaneously ferment in French oak barrels, using only the wild yeast naturally present on the grapes. The word Sauvage translates to ‘wild’ in English. The wine was aged ‘sur lie’ with a regimented stirring routine to enhance the weight and complexity of the wine. Notes of lemon curd, brioche and an integrated high note of toasted oak are present on the nose. There is a notable mid-palate weight without compromising the freshness and minerality on the finish. Sauvage can be enjoyed now or cellared for further aging.
Refined and subtle, Mercator’s Tidal Bay reflects the overarching style that Mercator wines encompass, expressing delicate notes of lemon curd and apple with nuances of spice and minerality.
Upper Ridge Marquette is an elegant red wine made from 100% Marquette grapes and expresses notes of black cherry, anise and integrated oak with chocolate notes and hints of earthiness on the nose. It has obvious freshness yet exhibits a depth of flavor that only optimally- timed aging in mature oak barrels can provide. This wine has a style that is reminiscent of old world Pinot Noir.
Rosés are ideal wines that fill the food pairing gap for those dishes that require a light, refreshing body, a little tannin and berry fruit aromas. Some of our favourite food pairings with our Gaspereau Rosé include roast chicken or turkey, planked salmon, sushi and BBqued sausages. Because rosé is made by using the juice of red grape varieties and fermenting it like a white wine, rosé is the perfect wine to balance between red and white.
About 50% of this wine was made from dried Marechal Foch grapes. Drying grapes naturally concentrates the sugar, extract, tannin and flavor of a wine. The concentrated sugar is converted to an alcohol content that is higher than from grapes that have not been dried (14.5%). As a result of the higher alcohol, extract and tannin, the wine has a richer and weightier palate. The dried grapes began fermentation on their own and then the rest of the Marechal Foch was added during the fermentation. After primary fermentation and Malolactic fermentation, the blend was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.
With a fruit-driven nose backed by vanilla and spice, a balanced backbone of acidity and moderate tannin, the Lucie Kuhlmann makes an ideal companion for robust beef or lamb dishes, Osso Bucco and many tomato-based Italian dishes.
Lucie Kuhlmann has been a principle grape variety at Gaspereau Vineyards since the vineyard was planted in the mid 90’s and has been the flagship red wine since our winery was established in the early 2000’s. All of our Gaspereau Vineyards’ Lucie Kuhlmann is oak- aged in French and Hungarian oak. We selected some of our newest and most- distinct barrels to age our 2017 Lucie Kuhlmann for an extended period of time, producing this unique, small lot wine. Alluring notes of black cherry and vanilla with a hint of spice are combined with supple tannins on the mid-palate to produce this elegant red wine with a long, smooth finish.
Our Maple Wine is made from maple syrup collected from trees in the vast maple forests of Nova Scotia. The maple “juice” is carefully cool fermented until the desired concentration of residual sugars is reached. Our award winning Maple Wine is a Quality Certified dessert wine by the national certifying body, Fruit Wines of Canada.
New York Muscat, Nova Scotia’s most aromatic grape variety was used to make this slightly pink-in-colour wine. The grape itself is purple skinned but the flesh inside the grapes is clear. To extract as much of the aromatics as possible from the skins (where most of the aromatics in the grape variety concentrate), we employ a cold maceration or cold soak of the skins, seeds and juice. What this does is allows the aromatics of the skins to move to the juice. What also happens is that there is a movement as well of the color from the skins to the juice. This is why the Muscat has a copper/pink color.
Gaspereau Red is a small lot red made from a unique blend of the classic Nova Scotia grape varieties Marechal Foch, Triomphe D’Alsace and Lucie Kuhlmann. The wines were fermented in individual batches, blended then aged in both French and Hungarian oak barrels for 13 months. With a balance of both strength and elegance, this red is an ideal food wine, pairing well with slow roasted meats, tomato-based pasta dishes and an array of barbecued dishes.
Our Gaspereau Vineyards Riesling has been honoured with a Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wine three times, highlighting the fact that quality Riesling grapes are grown in Nova Scotia and that these grapes are used to make some of the top wines in the province year over year.
Aromatic-driven and expressive, Gaspereau’s Tidal Bay expresses floral notes and tropical fruit along with a minerality and brightness that persists throughout the entire tasting experience.
The Gaspereau White Rock takes our white wine profile in a whole new direction. White Rock 2019 is a blend of predominantly estate-grown varieties. Each varietal wine was barrel-fermented separately, taken through malo-lactic fermentation and aged in French oak barrels for over a year.
AS SEEN ON THE TONIGHT SHOW! Full-bodied and with a hint of impulsiveness, award-winning 4 SKINS combines a carefully selected blend of four grapes fermented on their skins to create a one-of-a-kind wine. Castel, Lucie Kuhlmann, Marechal Foch and Leon Millot are blended to a rich, ruby hue. This is a deeply satisfying wine with a long, pleasurable finish.
Each varietal was individually cool fermented in stainless steel and blended only after the intended alcohol and sweetness was reached.
With Canada’s 150th anniversary we challenged ourselves to produce a wine that speaks to our wine heritage. GBFR is a wine to drink alongside the BBQ and more. It is a toast to our great country, the celebration of success and the sound of laughter. Friendship in a bottle.
FLIRTATIOUS · FRESH · FUN
Like a bite of a cool crisp apple, lush and balanced. Alongside lobster, mussels or roast chicken, its spirit shines. A fun sidekick for a night out or quiet companion at home.
An adventurous blend of Nova Scotia L’Acadie Blanc with a touch of Pinot Grigio. A refreshingly dry, floral wine.
Jost Vineyard's Premium Red Wine: Malagash Red is a wine with extraordinary character. This medium-bodied red combines old-world methods with new world innovation. A blend of Marquette and Pinot Noir, Malagash is aged in burgundy barrels.
Refined and elegant, Selkie Refresh has an aromatic profile bursting with Muscat-driven fruit combined with a crisp, lively effervescence. A classic frizzante wine, Selkie Refresh reflects the nature of a Nova Scotia ocean breeze - true in spirit, always refreshing and perfect for every occasion.
Selkie Rosé entices your senses with aromatics of red berry fruit overlaid with tropical notes then captivates your taste buds with its elegant structure, balanced sweetness and refreshing finish. Inspired by Nova Scotia’s unique coastal terroir, the fruity profile and lively effervescence make it the perfect companion for every occasion.
Nova Scotia's Premier White Wine Jost Tidal Bay brilliantly reflects its birthplace: the terroir, coastal breezes, cool climate, and our winemakers’ world-class craftsmanship. It pairs brilliantly with relaxing on the deck or dinner with family and friends.
Using Seyval Blanc, a well-known grape variety in Nova Scotia, combined with Chardonnay and a touch of Pinot Noir, this non-vintage traditional method sparkling is made up of vintages between 2012 and 2015. Aged on the lees for over two years and finished with a 6g/l dosage, this sparkling has expressive aromatics, a bright acidity and a powerful minerality on the finish.
Bare Knuckle Boxer matches Nova Scotia heavy-hitter L’Acadie Blanc with crowd favorite Pinot Grigio. The result is a refreshing balance, weaving signature fruitiness and acidity all the way to a defining finish. This wine was skillfully finessed with decades of practice from the winemakers at Jost Vineyards on the North Shore of Nova Scotia.
Diceros is a proprietary red blend. Character strength of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a hint of franc-ness, this lovely beast bares boldness and elegance as one. From its exotic nose to the firm body and tailored finish, this wine with red berry and mocha chocolate overtures, favours its lineage from Kautz Family Vineyards in the Sierra foothills of California.
2010 was an exceptional growing season for the Castel grape, producing berries with high Brix and wonderful flavours. To highlight such an impressive harvest, we crafted this unique Fortified Castel by combining it with Nova Scotian-made wine spirits, allowing it to age for almost 10 years, and completing its aging in French oak barrels.
In 2018, we began our endeavour into creating a Muscat dessert wine in the appassimento method (drying the grapes prior to fermentation). With great success in the outcome, we continued the process in 2019. This luscious, not-too-sweet dessert wine is a blend of those two remarkable vintages.
Complex with a genuine depth on the nose, the Marquette Reserve 2016 expresses layers of dried fruit, spice, leather and fresh tobacco integrated with subtle oak notes.
Our River Bend Petite Milo is a full-bodied, fruit forward, off-dry white wine. The River Bend area of the vineyard provides optimal conditions to grow these perfectly terroir suited, cool climate Petite Milo grapes.
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