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Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 Sparkling 2018 Wine Review

Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 Sparkling 2018

Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 Sparkling 2018

Nova Scotia, Canada

Community Score:91/100

Community Reviews: 12

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Price: $24.95

Drink: 2019-2021

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 6.5%

Sweetness: Medium

Wine Type: Sparkling Wine

Winery: Benjamin Bridge

Agent: Lifford Wine & Spirits

Natalie's Score: 94/100

Produced in the Charmat method, Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 is a cool-climate and crisp sparkler from Nova Scotia fragrant with strawberry, honeysuckle and peach aromas, soft orange flavours delivered on a gentle mousse and finishing with a clean mineral finish. Don't overthink it, just chill and enjoy!

Sparkling food pairings: seafood tapas, steamed shellfish, grilled seafood.

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This Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 Sparkling 2018 was reviewed on December 24, 2020 by Natalie MacLean

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Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 94/100 with the following review:

Benjamin Bridge has been making a real fizz in the sparkling wine scene over the past decade and a half. This Nova Scotia (Canada) based winery is producing sparkling wines that rival those from Champagne and other storied wine regions around the world. A combination of ideal terroir for producing crisp and complex cool climate grapes, along with creative winemaking expertise, has resulted in world-class sparkling wines, unlike no others given their unique tidal terroir, each and every vintage.

There’s a tendency to compare Nova 7 to Italy’s Moscato d’Asti, given its gentle effervescence and off-dry low alcohol style, but I must say Nova 7 is in a league of its own. Crisper, perfectly balanced, more complex, and loaded with refreshing minerality, Nova 7 is unlike no others, and many Canadians have caught on to this. Nova 7 continues to gain popularity as Canada’s favourite wine.

In its twelfth vintage now, the 2018 shows a very faint copper colour with the characteristic aromas of sweet honey suckle, marigold blossoms, asian pear, and fresh stone fruit. Lightly effervescent, the mid-palate shows creamy and sweet orchard fruit and fresh ginger, all backed with crisp and refreshing acidity on the long finish. Beautifully balanced, this off-dry wine is beautifully balanced with mouthwatering acidity and refreshing minerality making it a great choice for east coast seafood appetizers, sushi, tart berry desserts, or simply to enjoy on its own.

Tasted September 2019. 94 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca
L.J. Palmer WSET 3 rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

Nova Scotia sparkler with a beautiful coppery pink hue. It is light, fruity and sweet, with fine sparkling bubbles. The aroma is juicy and fruity; peach, strawberry, and mandarin orange. These flavours are all present in the taste, set off by the nicely effervescent fine bubbles and refreshing acidity. This wine is a true celebration in a glass! And it has the added bonus of being light; 6.5% alcohol. My pairing of choice is fresh strawberries and cream or ricotta.
Lynn van der Linde - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

This Nova Scotian winery is known for making beautiful sparkling wines, and this off-dry variety doesn't disappoint.
Lovely floral and white cranberry aromas fill the glass, carrying through to a sweet ginger flavour, with a soft yet persistent fizziness.
Beautifully paired with cream sauce dishes.
Tasted November 2019.
Janet Holden rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

This slightly effervescent off-dry wine has wonderful aromas of peach, pear, apricot, lemon, lychee, tropical fruit and fresh ginger. There are also floral and honey aromas.

It is very light, and fruity on the palate, with fresh acidity. The flavours of tropical fruit and ripe tree fruits blend nicely with flavours of fresh ginger and some minerality.

Just delicious on its own, or would be nice with sushi and wasabi!
Craig Haynes - WSET3 FWS SWS IWS rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

A delicious offering from Nova Scotia’s Benjamin Bridge. From the bubble streams in my glass emerged beautiful sweet tangerine, honey suckle, peach aromas that announced plenty of pleasing acidity and flavours reminiscent of honey crisp apples, apricot and peaches. Pair this off dry white with occasions big and small. It matched nicely with flat bread topped prosciutto, goat cheese and arugula. Enjoy.

Reviewed on January 14, 2021
Melanie Lloyd - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

A unique Sparkling wine with an Icewine quality on nose. Aromas of apricot, elderflower, Red Delicious apple and honey. The apricot and honey carries through on the palate along with clementine and lemon. The bubbles are gentle, and there's a nice balance between tart and a touch of sweet. A perfect pairing for spicy dishes!
Linda Mertes WSET 2 rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

A Nova Scotia sparkling wine blended with Muscat grapes so the aromas are intensely floral and honeyed. Tart apple and honeysuckle on the palate with a sweet tropical fruit finish. For sipping and appetizers.
Daniel O'Keefe rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

A Nova Scotian classic, and one of the region's best known wines in Canada. Reminds me of Tidal Bay, aromatic white blends ideal for seafood, but effervescent much like a Moscato, and similar in bouquet as well. Massive fruity aromas of citrus, tropical, peach, apple, and apricot, with some definite floral tones, particularly orange blossom. Light bodied, offdry with vibrant acidity, and nicely balanced. Whether saltwater or fresh water, pair this seafood (buttered lobster) and enjoy the magic.
A sparkling white from Nova Scotia, Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 2018 is a medium-bodied wild-ferment bubble produced from Muscat varietals, Vidal, Seyval and Geisenheim wine grapes, fresh and aromatic with floral and ripe stone fruit on the nose, honeyed apple, soft orange and tropical fruit notes on the palate and a promise that summer is just around the corner. Nova 7 continues to gain popularity and is in its twelfth vintage now. - Community Wine Reviews

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