2017 Rosé

Our Rosé hits all the right notes for those seeking a refreshing quaffer and a food-friendly companion to the fresh and bright flavours of Spring and Summer.

A wonderful, pale sunset hue, this wine exudes aromas of watermelon and rose petal with hints of crushed wild raspberry, candy floss and Red Delicious apple. Lush strawberry and fresh grapefruit emerge on the palate while the finish showcases lively acidity - just enough elegance and finesse to keep you coming back for more.

Our 2017 release is a 60/40 blend of young vine Pinot Noir complemented by more mature plantings of Pinot Meunier, first planted on our site in 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 6 days on skins to give the wine its brilliant colour. By fermenting to near dry, the vibrancy of the fruit character shines through unimpeded.

VINTAGE NOTES

After a cold winter with high snowfall, the growing season got off to a slower start compared to seasonal averages. True bud break took place during the first week of May; slightly later than seasonal averages. In contrast, the summer was hotter than average and sunny days made up for the late spring. 

Although smoke haze from regional fires was present during parts of summer, it actually mitigated hot temperatures. The result was a slowing of the ripening phase, preventing sugar from accumulating too quickly over such a hot period. Smoke taint was a concern for some areas of the valley, however, we saw no influence on our wines. Overall our crop was slightly lower than average, leading to beautifully concentrated wines with great pedigree and ageability.

ACCOLADES

TREVE RING & ANTHONY GISMONDI, June 1 2018, gismondionwine.com

This medium-hued rosé is a 60/40 blend of younger vine pinot noir and older pinot meunier, the latter a rarity in BC. Partial whole cluster (pinot noir) lends complexities, while the skin contact (just under a week) on the meunier provides finely grippy texture.
The whole is dry and juicy with rhubarb, raspberries and cherry, with a line of bitter bergamot and a wash of peppery spices on the finish. Love how this has tightened over previous versions, owning every bit of its 12.5 degrees of alcohol, but still having that Tavel generosity, allowing grilled salmon or wild mushroom matches. Drink often and liberally all year. 89 points