What began as an experiment to enrich our red wines has become a family favorite. For the past 15 years, during Harvest, as the Malbec grapes are sorted and pumped into the fermentation tanks, we drain off some of the juice. Called “saignée” by the French, this technique intensifies the character of red wines. Thanks to our love of Rosé, rather than discard the juice, we followed the French tradition and fermented it to produce a Rosé that we shared with family and friends. After 9 successful vintages, we decided to produce enough Rosé to share with our patrons too. Thanks to the popularity of this wine, we now incorporate a second Rosé production technique and press a small portion of the Malbec grapes an hour after picking.
In 2016, light Winter rains followed moderate Summer temperatures allowing the Malbec grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. The 2016 was harvested on September 27.
Produced from only Malbec grapes, we fermented the 2016 Rosé cold in a temperature-controlled stainless steel tank to retain its fruity components. We carefully monitored its fermentation temperature and rate to ensure that the wine is fruit-forward, well-balanced with a fresh finish. It was then bottled in February 2017.
The 2016 Rosé opens with bright fruit aromas of watermelon, strawberries, raspberries and rose petals. It is well-balanced with a fruit-forward middle and a long, fresh finish. Perfect for a warm afternoon. 900 cases were made.
23.1° Brix sugar
0.67 g/100 mls acidity
0.48 g/100 mls acidity