Bronze Medal Winner, All Canadian Wine Championship 2022
The distinctive fruit flavours of the Malbec grape pair nicely with warm summer days and good company. This wine is currently showing aromas and flavours reminiscent of strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, pomegranate and rose petals and has a luscious, dry, savoury finish. A portion of our 2021 Malbec harvest was chosen for this unique, delicious summer wine. Serve slightly chilled.
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 in mid October. 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.
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 2021 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.