Many wine region have wines that stand out and are recognized for their defining qualities and characteristics. Nova Scotia wines have consistently been known for their fresh, crisp and bright style. Nova Scotia winery owners and winemakers worked to develop a signature wine that reveals these characteristics, this hard work and creativity gave birth to Tidal Bay. Tidal Bay is a wine with unique character that brilliantly reflects the terroir, coastal breezes, and the cooler climate of its place of origin.
Trousseau noir, the traces of the ‘trickster’ (or, A ‘Bastardo’ by any other name) - Robert Buranello
Despite the very recent acclamation it has received,[i] the Vinis vinifera, Trousseau Noir, is considered a somewhat uncommon red grape nowadays when compared to such recognized varietals as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, etc. While on the one hand, it has left traces throughout Europe, on the other, it remains somewhat elusive since it is used to blend with other wines, goes by approximately eighteen principal synonyms, and is frequently mistaken for at least six other grape varieties.[ii] It is this elusive quality that may allow it to be referred to as a bit of a “trickster,” or at least to point in the direction of that archetype. For Carl Gustav Jung, archetypes are universally archaic patterns that derive from humanity’s collective unconscious and act as mediators between us and the underlying unified reality from which everything emerges and to which everything returns, the unus mundus.[iii]
From a very minor varietal in Châteauneuf-du-Pape blend to a bloated, overgrown, tasteless red grape with anemic juice, Cinsaut would seem to have a lot to worry about in the world of viniculture. It seems it should spend sleepless nights worried about being relegated to vitis vinifera’s ugly duckling offspring. However, upon further analysis of the importance that Cinsault has played and continues to play in viniculture, both as an excellent partner in blends and as on its own, Cinsaut can be safely permitted in the greater grape pantheon, sans souci.