L'Acadie Vineyards Passito 2020
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Blend: 86% Marechal Foch, 14% Estate Leon Millot (68% dried)
Certified Organic by Pro-Cert
Harvest: October 19, 2020 at 23.8 Brix
Aged 18 months in seasoned American oak barrels
Bottled June, 2022
Ageing: ageing on cork will continue to soften acidity and marry flavours well into its 10th birthday (2030).
Passito is named for the art of drying grapes after harvest for elevated intensity and roundness in our cool
climate red wine. We started drying freshly picked grapes on October 19 and used a controlled flow of air over the berries for 10 days, monitoring sugar concentration and quality development every day. We follow the age-old appassimento traditions of ripasso winemaking made famous in northern Italy using a double fermentation on the dried skins. We researched this red wine style for five years at Kentville Research and Development Centre in the winery’s early years and find parallels with the dried fig
characters that Italian versions have. The 2020 Passito is a blend of Marechal Foch and Estate Leon Millot with 68% dried grapes at 25.2 Brix and ripasso methods of dried grape skin and lees contact.
Matured 19 months in 5year+ aged American oak barrels. The goal is to develop round tannins during barrel ageing with a balanced subtle oak flavour. Bottled June 2022. Dry with notes of cherry, cocoa, cracked pepper and soft, supple tannins.
Food Pairing Suggestions
Rich tomato-based dishes
Italian, Greek and Mexican Cuisine
Medium and strong cheese