2017 Ancienne Chenin Blanc

$39.13 / 750mL

2017 Ancienne Chenin Blanc

At Lightfoot & Wolfville there is a constant connection to the generations before us and the many ahead. A sense that this is simply our turn, our watch. Ancienne, meaning old/ancient, is a collection of the wines that we feel best represent “our turn” – the ultimate expression of our two estate vineyards and the pinnacle of our winegrowing efforts.

The label, styled to look like a page torn from an old book, depicts an illustration of a red-tailed hawk, representing our commitment to working in harmony with nature and promoting biodiversity through our farming practices. The hawk is holding a mayflower, a symbol of Nova Scotia, in his beak and an old Acadian farming tool in his talons; a tribute to those who cared for this land before us.

The 2017 growing season was fairly warm and dry, allowing our one-acre of estate Chenin Blanc to reach the ripeness (23.8° Brix) and stringent quality level necessary for our Ancienne series for the first time.

All grapes for this wine were hand-harvested from the Oak Island Vineyard in Avonport, Nova Scotia, hand-sorted and whole cluster pressed to yield the highest quality juice. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tank followed by 18-months aging sur lie in old/neutral French oak barrels. This wine is certified Organic by Ecocert.

Technical Details

Varietal Composition
100% Chenin Blanc
Total Acidity
7.03 g/L
Residual Sweetness
2.7 g/L
723 bottles (750 mL)

Tasting Notes

Medium straw gold in colour. The nose is quite exuberant with melon, ripe apple, honeysuckle, nutmeg and wet wool notes. A round and balanced mid-palate leads the way for an impactful, full-flavoured finish. 

Pair with richer seafood, poultry or pork and root vegetables, or semi-firm cow’s milk cheeses.

Serving Temperature: 14-16°C

Recommended Drinking: 2019-2029