Pale coral plunges into the glass. A compelling aroma of candied berries mingles with pink grapefruit to awaken the senses. Our 2017 Blanc de Noirs is a classic, dry Rosé with alluring flavours of crunchy strawberries, watermelon and rhubarb. A summer sipper perfect for enjoying under the sun on the beach, boat or barbecue.
A cold Canadian winter, unusually wet spring, and dry summer yielded wines with excellent balance and distinct varietal flavours. Crops were lighter than normal, but the vintage will be remembered for unprecedented flood and drought conditions; and a persistent haze from nearby forest fires. While not directly affecting our grape-growing areas, the haze blanketed the sun coverage, preventing the customary heat spikes and positively impacted the growing season by slowing down the grape ripening periods and flavour development. Ripening was assisted by the rigorous leaf plucking and bunch thinning of our dogged, never-say-die vineyard crew. Ultimately, slightly lower yields and phenomenal fruit quality delivered an excellent 2017 vintage, characterized by high flavour concentration, moderate alcohol, balanced tannins, complexity and natural acidity.
66% Merlot, 34% Malbec
Merlot and Malbec bunches were hand picked and sorted in the vineyard. The extracted juice from the crushed grapes was left on skins for four hours, then cold settled and fermented at 15ºC to preserve the bright fruit flavours. The yeast consumed most of the grape sugars leaving 1.8 g/l and yielding a wonderfully rich dry rosé.
This wine is meant to be enjoyed upon release. Drink this year for best enjoyment!