Brigantia was the goddess of the largest Celtic tribe in the north of England. They constantly challenged Roman rule, and armed conflict frequently erupted when the confines of Pax Romana became unbearable.
Today the vinification of hybrids such as Baco and Foch remain forbidden in Europe and yet in Canada these grapes thrive, and so we too prefer to play outside the rules, taking the best of old world and current wine cultures to create a collection of perfectly blended wines.
Notes of blueberry and strawberry with hints of myrtle, black cherry, cocoa, earth and smokey wood: soft and fruity palate with an enduring licorice and vanilla finish.
Spring arrived with higher than normal precipitation, a trend that continued through July and August though, the wet conditions were offset by sunny days, allowing the grapes to mature. Concerns about harvest that stemmed from the wet summer were alleviated by a warm September that continued on to an unseasonably warm October and November. We're indebted to nature for this dramatic change in fate for the 2017 vintage. The Baco Noir fruit was harvested from two blocks, the Foch and Chambourcin were both from our eastern blocks.
Hybrid varietals are resilient; the trend in the early part of the growing season was less of a concern for these and we were rewarded with an superior outcome with the above normal temperatures, extending harvest.
Our Briganti red has become a symbol for the creative and "rebellious" spirit of Vieni. The fact that this wine is apt for everyday consumption pleases us as it has an unsuspecting complexity. The versatility of this wine certainly exists; it's depth continues to be discovered with every new pairing at our table.
We are always excited by the use of hybrids and in this case, we see them shine in an excellently blended final result.
Varieties: Baco Noir, Chambourcin, Marechal Foch
Residual Sugar: 6.1 g/L