2020 Piquette Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier

Crafted in the spirit of experimentation, our first official foray into this style of winemaking blends our thirst for innovative fermentation with our focus on sustainability.

Piquettes are popping up across our country’s winegrowing regions – and for good reason. They are simply delicious and boast the refreshing, effervescent character of a lightly sparkling wine but in a unique, lower-alcohol style. They are also a nod to our desire to make the most out of every drop of the fruits of our labour.

Made by re-fermenting our grape skins and stems after first pressing, these were the refreshments of choice for French agricultural and vineyard workers looking to quench their thirst but still carry on with their work. Think wine but dialed back a touch.

Pouring deep purple and a little cloudy and effervescent in the glass, a result of secondary fermentation in bottle - this “farmhouse-style” wine beverage is fun and funky. Aromas of caramel corn, crushed rocks, warm summer berries, and pomegranate are complemented by red licorice and lightly perfumed with violets.

The palate is refreshing and ever so moreish with flavours of crushed berries, rhubarb, celery salt, cherry cola and red apple skin. It is reminiscent of the last strawberries of the season. The perfect drink for Spring - we plan to enjoy this park side, poolside, beachside, etc..

WINEMAKER'S NOTES:

Our Pinot Piquette was crafted by taking the gently-pressed grape skins and stems of our Rosé-destined Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, rehydrating them with water for a couple of days and pressing them again. The resulting juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks to produce an interesting cloudy beverage that is reminiscent of skin-contacted wines. The wine is bottled while still fermenting to capture a small amount of natural effervescence and arrived at a balanced 6.1% alcohol.

Drink well-chilled and during the sunshine season. Cheers!