A wine we anticipate every Spring as a sign that the days will soon be longer – and warmer! – and the growing season is upon us once again.
The colour of an amber pink sunset, this wine’s aromatics burst out of the glass with sunwarmed strawberries, watermelon Jolly Rancher, white rose and hints of cinnamon. The palate is all lush berry and cherry tones with juicy ripe citrus flesh and caramelized pink grapefruit. The mouthfeel is creamy and textural with lively acidity to pull the wine through to a long delicious finish – enjoyed on its own or paired up with a patio and late summer nights!
This year’s release is a 40/60 blend of fruit picked from our Pinot Meunier block, planted in 1985, and young plantings of Pinot Noir. Its brilliant colour is a result of the juice being left on skins for 7 days. By fermenting to near dry, the vibrancy of the fruit character shines through unimpeded.
The 2015 growing season gave us record-breaking heat but the balance in our wines remained intact. Curiously, once temperatures reach above 35 degrees Celsius, vines enter a dormant protective mode. Our very warm July in particular saw steady and slow ripening as opposed to what one might expect. Cooler September evenings soon arrived and offered a welcome relief as harvest commenced and the ripening phase finished off.
With a series of warm growing seasons behind us, our dedication to thoughtfully promote a healthy, balanced vineyard is paramount. Organic nutrient additions and precise canopy and irrigation management all play a vital role. In addition, we continue to farm as sustainably as possible – without the use of herbicides or pesticides. Our honey bee apiary is thriving and we’re amazed at the diversity of resident species that can be found on our property – a true testament for us to the health of our site.
- 90 POINTS – “This salmon-pink rose is an assemblage of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It expresses refreshing cherry, pomegranate and tangerine peel aromas atop leather and fine spice. It has a kiss of sweetness; cherry and raspberry pop up in the mouth with a bright spritz of pink grapefruit. Overall good structure and a tart and zesty finish.” Daenna Van Mulligan, APRIL 2016, The Wine Diva
- “Although 60 percent (sic) of this wine is made from newer plantings of Pinot Noir, what gives it most of its character is the balance of Pinot Meunier from 30-year-old estate vines. That variety is what brings a good dose of aromatics, nuttiness, and a little spice to Champagne (where it’s commonly blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), and it certainly brings the goods here. On the nose, perfumed dark berry fruit and hints of Christmassy mulled wine are rather distinct, while the palate elevates things with plummy notes, red currants, pink grapefruit, and great acidity yet decent weight overall. Big enough for grilled meats; elegant enough for fresh seafood. Great with fish and chips or pretzels. A banana split? Sure. I really can’t think what wouldn’t go well with this wine. Actually, cigarettes. Don’t have this wine with cigarettes.” – Kurtis Kolt, APRIL 20, 2016, Georgia Straight
- “This is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier. The wine is light and refreshing with a rose petal hue with delicate aromas and flavours of strawberry and cranberry and grapefruit. The finish is crisp and almost austerely dry.” – John Schreiner, APRIL 2016, John Schreiner on Wine
- 92 POINTS – “A lovely BC rose that’s a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. So fragrant and floral with fleeting notes of small field strawberries. Dry and refreshing. Pair with planked salmon.” – Natalie MacLean, MAY 2016, NatalieMacLean.com