2019 Rosé

Oh Rosé, how we adore your Springtime arrival!

For us, the release of our Rosé has become synonymous with the unfolding of this season: the longer days, the awakening of our vineyard hives and the start of another exciting growing year. Its release is always worth celebrating!

A pale cherry blossom pink, with big aromas of strawberry sorbet, wild flowers and pink grapefruit. The palate is dry, delicate and moreish with red delicious apple, Bing cherry, watermelon and wild strawberry.

This wine is made from 60% young vine Pinot Noir and 40% Pinot Meunier, with plantings dating back to 1985. The Pinot Noir was picked at low Brix (sugar content) to retain acidity and was whole-bunch pressed with no skin contact, while the Pinot Meunier was de-stemmed at slightly higher Brix and left on skins for 4 days to ensure great colour and flavour extraction.

The resulting juices were combined and co-fermented cold to retain delicate aromatic compounds. The wine was aged cold on gross lees before filtration and bottling in the last week of February 2020.

TECHNICAL INFO:

Varietals: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier
Alcohol: 12.8%
Residual Sweetness: 1.2 g/L
pH: 3.40
Total Acidity: 6.0 g/L

ACCOLADES:

91 POINTS - David Lawrason, Wine Align.com
90 POINTS - Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi On Wine
90 POINTS - Treve Ring, Gismondi On Wine

VINTAGE NOTES

Our 2019 growing season was not without its challenges. Winter started unusually warm and dry but took a turn late in the season with sustained temperatures below -20 C arriving in February. Vines suffered from a range of winter damage. As a result, drawn out and uneven bud break was evident in several of our vineyard pockets. Conditions turned more favourable in May allowing delayed shoots to catch up. However, rain set in towards the end of June and periods in July, keeping the vineyard team on their toes regarding crop protection and canopy work.

A warm and dry August gave us ideal ripening conditions and set us up for harvest to begin on schedule. Despite the seasonal struggles the first grapes destined for our sparkling base were picked on September 5th in perfectly healthy and ripe condition. Dodging rain showers throughout the rest of September, harvest continued until early October. Although yields are shy from 2019, the wines have so far emerged as beautifully nuanced with restrained alcohols and purity of fruit.