Every wine region aspires to produce a distinct wine that defines what they do best, in Nova Scotia, that wine is Tidal Bay. Officially launched in June 2012, Tidal Bay is the first wine appellation for Nova Scotia and one-of-a-kind for North America.
Named after the biggest tidal changes in the world, Tidal Bay reflects Nova Scotia wine country’s unique terroir, coastal breezes, and cool climate.
Described as the very essence of Nova Scotia in a glass, Tidal Bay is cool, lively and aromatic.
As the saying goes, “stressed vines make better wine,” and with the past two years throwing a myriad of challenges at the Nova Scotia vineyards, winemakers have delivered an unrepeatable 2019 Tidal Bay vintage. This perseverance in the face of difficulty is what makes Nova Scotia wines so distinctive and delicious.
What can you expect for the 2019 Tidal Bay vintage?
Mike Mainguy, Head Winemaker at Luckett Vineyards said the 2019 season was one of the coldest, wettest, and shortest growing seasons he has experienced to date at Luckett Vineyards.
With a late spring, hurricane Dorrian, and the after effects from the decimating frost of 2018, the vines struggled, making the 2019 vintage more distinctive than most. It is noticeably brighter, more austere with a uniquely defined acidity that is a gift of our unique cool climate. You can also expect to taste great aromatics, big citrus fruit notes coupled with fresh apple and pear hints.
Simon Rafuse, Head Winemaker at Blomidon Estate Winery said the late growing season let the flavours develop, but the wine still retains all of the freshness of the cool season.
To celebrate the 2019 vintage, Liquid Assets is offering mixed cases of Tidal Bay! Wine lovers can order their own mixed Tidal Bay case to taste, explore and enjoy the 2019 vintage in the comfort of their own homes.
The Tidal Bay appellation is Nova Scotia’s way of showing what rising to the occasion can taste like.
Quick Facts about Tidal Bay:
- To obtain the Tidal Bay designation, all wines must be made from specific grape varieties, include 100% Nova Scotia-grown grapes, follow a strict set of standards, and be approved every year by an independent blind tasting panel.
- These standards were created by a committee of winemakers, sommeliers, and wine experts and are strictly enforced throughout the winemaking process, from growing to bottling.
- Wines can be a combination of the approved grape varieties but must demonstrate the distinctive taste profile that reflects the classic Nova Scotian style: lively fresh green fruit, dynamic acidity, and characteristic minerality.
- Tidal Bay wines must also be relatively low in alcohol and no more than 11%.