Even though the calendar has turned to September, summer never really seems to be over until the Labour Day long week-end.
Summer has flown by in a blaze of sunshine—unseasonably hot and dry on the west coast of Canada. We stayed at home, but felt like we were vacationing every day in our new beach-side abode. And we appreciated the shade of towering trees, and cool ocean breezes.
September always seems to be the start of something new—it’s the back to school syndrome. But today we don’t have to be serious or productive. It’s summer’s last hurrah.
So, something fittingly celebratory to bid farewell to summer—an amazing bubbly from Portugal.
Salty and marine, this crisp brut nature wine sings of place: the briny Atlantic coast and calcareous-laced soils of Bucelas. Chalky throughout, with wild scrubby myrtle, lemon thistle, lemon pith, riffing sea salts and driving, shearing acidity, this biodynamically farmed, wild yeast fermented, traditional method fizz is 100 percent arinto The grape’s herbal citrus notes amplified here. Two and a half years on the lees gives structure without heft; this is light, lean and riveting, vibrating on the finish, and drinking beautifully now with fresh oysters.
~ Treve Ring
~ 90 POINTS, Gismondi, January 2017
Quinta da Murta Brut Nature 2013, In BC here