The Benjamin Bridge Winery is situated on the Gaspereau River within the Annapolis Valley wine-growing sub-region of Nova Scotia. The estate produces eight wines currently, three of which are single varietals, these being a Chardonnay, a Vidal Blanc, and a Riesling. Today’s selection, the 2017 Riesling, is, I believe, the third vintage to be available on the public market.
This is a dry white, whose residual sweetness is offset by a tart acidity, and a sharpness that is balanced by a smooth, nearly creamy texture. The nose is very rich with honey, and there are notes of apple, grass and dried straw. On the palate, the honey comes through once again, but the basic apple notes of the nose are more identifiable as both the sweet golden and sour green types. There are also a pleasant nuttiness near the finish and faint undercurrent of wet stone.
Overall, this is a very decent sipping wine. It is very crisp and refreshing, but it needs to be served chilled. I don’t often make pairing recommendations, but this wine should do very nicely with freshly shucked oysters.