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Patio 9 Pink (VQA)

“Rosé is the calling of spring and summer, of patio’s and warm breezes. This rosé is pretty and soft, yet refreshing and vibrant. Only 150 cases produced.” D Stasiuk- Winemaker

2016 Vintage Notes

From the start of 2016, the winter and spring brought below normal precipitation. This persisted throughout spring and summer months defining the growing season with drought conditions. Young vines were hand watered almost daily to ensure their survival. Luckily the mature vines are deep-rooted and were able to get by with the soil moisture located deeper in the soil horizon. Hot and dry conditions persisted late into the growing season when sporadic rainfall events began to appear, keeping the drought concerns at bay. When under stress, the vines focus energy on the fruit and with the help of later season rain, an already stellar looking crop sized up well and delivered superb quality. Harvests were ripe, clean and are promising to deliver cool-climate wines with power and finesse from a ‘not-so-cool’ vintage.

Tasting Notes

Up front aromas of strawberry and rhubarb with subtle hints of bay leaf or a savoury sachet medley. Round and soft in the mouth, with a distinctly dry but balanced feel. Bright red fruits carry on the palate. Medium acidity keep the wine gentle and easy drinking. Perfect on the patio or dockside! Tasted April 2017.

Winemaking Notes

Pinot Noir grapes (86%) were left to soak on skins for 24 hours before being pressed in our closed membrane press. Freshly pressed Riesling juice (14%) was blended in then settled and racked off coarse lees. Inoculated with a rosé driven yeast. Fermented dry with no fining. Bottled in April 2017.

Food Pairing

Try with fresh cows milk cheese, artisanal charcuterie or a wood fired pizza.

Technical Notes

Brix at harvest: 19.4
pH: 3.14
Total Acidity: 6.3 g/L
Alcohol: 11.5%
Sugar rating: 3 g/L
Cellaring: 1-2 years