Lakeview Rosé 2019
Member Price $27.31
At first blush, this single vineyard rosé exhibits aromatics of wild strawberries and pink grapefruit. In the glass, more strawberry flavours emerge with notes of lemongrass and citrus. With its bright acidity and delicate structure, the Lakeview Rosé pairs beautifully with a variety of lighter fare such as summer salads and soft ripe cheeses. Enjoy as a fresh opener to an evening or as a stand-alone aperitif.
The 2019 winter brought extremes: warm 12° January days to lows of - 22° and lots of snow in February. When the buds started pushing, we noted that the colder months had resulted in a bit of bud and vine death in our Naramata Bench Vineyards. Bud burst was two weeks later than average due to the long winter. The beginning of Okanagan spring was one of the driest on record. However, by the end of June, the valley saw a cooling trend that lasted through most of July and brought much precipitation. At the end of July, the real Okanagan summer started with hot sunny days and little precipitation. The grapes soaked in the summer heat and quickly made up for lost time. Veraison in our reds happened right on schedule. September was wetter than usual. October was dry with 15° days and 2 to 6° nights. On October 9th, a -4° frost dropped the leaves in most of our vineyards. After the frost, the weather was perfect to hang the fruit until the end of October, with all the remaining vineyards achieving the right amount of flavour, sugar, and acid. No Floods. No Smoke. Overall, it was a low tonnage year with excellent ripe fruit across all varietals in our vineyards.
The Malbec for the Lakeview Rosé was harvested from the estate Lakeview Vineyard. This vineyard is situated on the Naramata Bench between our Davenport and Chapman vineyards overlooking Lake Okanagan. The bunches were hand picked & sorted in the vineyard. After destemming, the berries were hand sorted again to ensure that only perfect fruit was included in the ferment. Juice from the Malbec was extracted from the red grapes before any significant skin contact occurred. The process of producing rosé wine as a by-product of red wine fermentation is a French technique known as saignée. The juice was then cold settled & fermented at 15°C to preserve the bright fruit flavours.
The Lakeview Rosé is ready, willing and able to be enjoyed upon release. Drink before 2023.