Rosé season is upon us – a surefire way to kick off those coveted warmer months filled with outdoor living and the fresh, bright flavours of Spring and Summer cuisine.
A lovely orangey-pink hue, our 2016 release is quintessential strawberries and cream on the nose with a hint of red apple and a light herbal note of basil. The palate is juicy and approachable but with enough complexity and acidity to insight plenty of interest. Lush berry and watermelon emerge on the palate while the finish showcases bright pink grapefruit and pomegranate. Lively acidity balances the very slight residual sugar.
Our 2016 release is a 60/40 blend of young vine Pinot Noir complemented by more mature plantings of Pinot Meunier, dating back to 1985. The Pinot Noir base was made with lightly pressed, whole bunch clusters giving us beautiful lifted aromatics. The Pinot Meunier was also gently handled and spent nearly seven days on skins to give the wine its brilliant colour. By fermenting to near dry, the vibrancy of the fruit character shines through unimpeded.
The 2016 growing season started off quickly. Budbreak was record breaking and the ensuing Spring growth was rapid. Despite the early start to the season, cooling summer rains soon arrived and slowed growth down to a more normal pace.
Late summer and early fall turned warm and sunny once again, but with cooler than usual evenings the fruit was able to ripen evenly despite the warm daytime temperatures. The 2016 harvest kept us on our toes with a long, drawn out ripening phase and gave us one of the longest harvest windows to date.
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.
“This fairly pale, salmon-shaded rose is a blend of 60% pinot noir and 40% pinot meunier. It has a quite intense, nose of pretty red fruits – cherry, pomegranate – with some spice. It is medium weight, with some sweetness and alcohol (13.9) evident. Just a bit cloying actually as a result, so keep it well chilled. I do like the flavour depth and complexity. Very good to excellent length.”
David Lawrason, June 2017, WineAlign.com
“Provocative, expressive, pristine. A stunning and serious pink made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier Provocative notes of wild strawberries, orange blossoms, exotic spices, cedar, rosehips and raspberry tea lead to a silky palate, which is equally, zesty, lively and spicy with oodles of pristine and expressive fruit. Excellent structure and balance with a lovely weight and lengthy, mouthwatering finish.”
Daenna Van Mulligan, May 2017, WineDiva.ca