The 2011 Blomdion White is my first foray into any maritime Canadian wine, and what great start it is. This is not the type of wine that kicks down doors, it arrives on a silver platter with handwritten note sealed with perfume. At a wispy 10% alcohol I can describe this wine as a Canadian version of Vinho Verde, if you can subtract the light carbonation and replace the aromas and taste with crisp calla lilly. It does deliver the same wonderful refreshing, light yet substantial joy that any good summer wine should.
On the nose you get a quite pure floral notes and maybe if you sniff real hard some orange. But this is not a cerebral wine, it is a shy summer nymph that lounges in your backyard reading drugstore paperbacks. Usually I avoid noting the colour of the wines I music match, because colour is very over rated and frankly not that indicative of the effect the wine will have on any sensation except for sight. This wine was almost colourless. Was it John Clesese who said that “American beer was like sex in a canoe… like f*cking close to water.” Mr. Cleese could easily recycle that line for the lack of colouration in this lovely wine.
Charmed by the aroma, I was afraid that the wine would be ruined by gobs of residual sugar. Not the case, and that is a good thing as acid in the wine isn’t overpowering but given it is a simple wine the focus is squarely on the fresh cut flowers.
In a wine world that has no shortage of newcomers, it is very fun to find something that is new and different. This wine isn’t a clone of anything you will find from established regions, and celebrates it’s uniqueness.
I will admit I am quite charmed by this Blomidon white. From what I gather the powers that be in the Tidal Bay area want to build a reputation based on sparkling wines. I would love to see what would happen if this blend of white wine grapes were given a Vinho Verde process and allowed to develop a slight carbonation – I think it could be quite a crowd pleaser.
Musical Match: Gene Maclellan came from Nova Scotia’s neighbouring province, Prince Edward Island (not the wine region of Prince Edward County in Eastern Ontario!) who managed to write some unforgettable country/pop/folk tunes that went on to become hits, most notably for Nova Scotia born Anne Murray. Snowbird remains her signature song 35 years later, and she has Gene to thank for that song. Chet Atkins did a stripped down version, which I really prefer. Same thing for this wine, nothing complicated. And the beauty of the song is that you know that Atkins needed to be a master of his trade to able to make the music sound so natural and lively. I think the winemakers at Blomidon Estate Winery might be on to something here!