If you haven’t visited us at the winery recently, you may have not yet had the chance to try one of our most exciting new wines, our 2012 Vin de Paille.
Vin de Paille, French for ‘straw wine’, is a relatively uncommon style found throughout Europe, and called by several other names, such as Vin Santo in Tuscany. Though there are a variety of names, the concept remains the same: the grapes are dried through varying methods to enhance the flavour and condense the juice in the grapes.
For us, we harvested our 100% estate-grown Chardonnay grapes late in 2012, and then placed them on a bed of straw at the top floor of the barn at our Blomidon vineyard. After they dried a significant amount, we took the grapes, pressed them, and fermented them.
After that, we let the wine sit in neutral oak casks for 2 years before bottling early in 2015. To finish the package, we hand wax and hand label each and every one of the 561 bottles produced of this exceptional wine.
This dessert wine is not to be confused with icewine: though sweeter than your average wine, our Vin de Paille’s sweetness is balanced by flavours of orange, caramel, apricot, and peaches. This wine would be a fantastic pairing for salty cheeses, pork rilletes, or pâté.
National critic Tony Aspler describes the wine as “full-bodied, well balanced with great length”, and awarded it a 90 point rating. Critic Sean Wood of Quench Magazine rates it a 92, citing the “complex bouquet…lemon and orange citrus character countered by great acid balance and mineral grip”.
If you are yet to try our 2012 Vin de Paille, it is available both at the winery shop and our Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market stand!