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.
- 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