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2018 Malbec Rosé

Wine Club Price $20.61
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Wine Specs
Okanagan Valley
Bottling Date
March 13, 2018
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The wine is currently showing aromas and flavors reminiscent of strawberry, raspberries, rhubarb, pomegranate and rose petals and has a luscious, dry, savory finish. A portion of our 2018 Malbec harvest was chosen for this unique, delicious summer wine. The distinctive fruit flavours of the Malbec grape pair nicely with warm summer days and good company. Serve slightly chilled.
Deborah Podurgiel rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review: Malbec Rosés are becoming increasingly popular with this grape’s ability to give deep violet-pink colour to the wine as well an array of aromas and complexity, but River Stone has perfected their Malbec rosé. Perfectly poised, brilliant and amazingly balanced, currently showing aromas and flavours reminiscent of strawberry, raspberries, rhubarb, pomegranate and rose petals with a luscious, dry, savory finish. Buy by the case. Serve slightly chilled. Pair with lamb kebabs. The Malbec grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed and 60% of the grapes are left uncrushed. Skin contact is typically between 24 and 48 hours with grapes fully pressed, extracting colour and tannins from this naturally tannic grape varietal giving structure and complexity to this beautiful rosé.
Vineyard Notes
The grapes for our Malbec Rosé were sourced from growers in the South Okanagan, including River Rock vineyard, our home vineyard which surrounds our winery in Oliver, BC. The vines were farmed sustainably with particular care and attention to canopy and water management. Harvest decisions were based on winemaker’s personal preference with particular attention to sugar/acid balance. The grapes were harvested October 1st. The vineyards are all located in the South Okanagan where soils are composed of alluvial deposits of rock, sand, and gravel laid down during the last glacial recession.
Production Notes
The Malbec was hand-picked, and destemmed. Approximately 60% of the fruit was left whole, uncrushed. Our Rosé is made in a traditional style where we cold soak the grapes for between 24 and 48 hours and then fully press, separating the pulp from the juice. In doing so, we are extracting some of the rich, dark Malbec color as well as some of the skin tannin which enhances the wine’s mouth feel. Then the clarified juice undergoes a cool temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine is further aged 3 months on the finer lees where complexity and mouth feel are developed. The 2018 vintage was then back sweetened slightly, fined, filtered and bottled. The result is a beautiful vibrantly colored rosé.
Food Pairing Notes
Brilliant with cheese and charcuterie on the deck in the early afternoon or have it with light grilled seafood. There is enough structure in this wine to be very food versatile or you can just enjoy it on it's own.
Product Reviews
Marylou Kruppke's Gravatar
Marylou Kruppke
(Apr 29, 2019 at 7:46 PM)
The best tasting blush wine I have ever had

Vicky's Gravatar
(Apr 30, 2019 at 11:03 AM)
This Malbec Rosé always tastes incredible. We received our shipment last night and had to try it as soon as possible. Thanks for such a great wine!

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Janice Stanyer
(May 10, 2019 at 9:04 AM)
This Malbec Rose is fabulous!! This is my second year of ordering it and I am looking forward to enjoying it this summer. A case never lasts very long! Everyone that we have served it to has been amazed that a rose can taste this great! Thank you again!

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Barry Hession
(May 30, 2019 at 9:17 AM)
Very Enjoyable.First time ordering and will definately order again

Christopher's Gravatar
(Jun 8, 2019 at 8:09 AM)
One of the best Rose I've ever had!! It never fails to deliver on taste. Everyone I've introduced this to loves it!! River Stone has become not only my favourite winery but that of my friends as well. Thank you River Stone!

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Kenn Frederiksen
(Jun 13, 2019 at 8:12 AM)
Your malbec rosè with spot prawns is a perfect pairing. We think the 2018 beats the 2017, well done. Great wines thanks.

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Cyndi Gerlach
(Jul 3, 2019 at 9:13 AM)
One of the best Rose out there; always order a couple of cases to last and to share with friends. I love this with anything from the BBQ on a hot day. Thank you River Stone.

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Glenn Tompolski
(Jul 24, 2019 at 6:17 PM)
Every year this wine continues to be a winner. Best Rose in the Okanagan!

TRENNA's Gravatar
(Aug 5, 2019 at 10:49 PM)
Did a wine tour and tasting. Best rose I have tasted. It was because of this delicious wine that we joined the wine club.

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