What began as an experiment to enrich our red wines has become a family favorite. For the past 17 years, during Harvest, as the Malbec grapes are sorted and pumped into the fermentation tanks, we drained 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 several 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.
The Winter of 2018 was cold and moderately dry which led to a late budbreak and bloom. Summer temperatures were ideal with warm days and cool nights. The ideal ripening weather continued through the Fall. We began harvesting the Malbec on September 25.
Produced from only Malbec grapes, we fermented the 2018 Rosé cold in a temperature-controlled stainless steel tank to retain its fruity components. We carefully monitored the temperature and rate of fermentation to ensure that the wine is fruit-forward and well-balanced with a fresh finish. It was bottled in January 2019.
The 2018 Rosé opens with a lovely bouquet of watermelon, ripe raspberries and powdered candies. Fresh and lively on the palate, it has a bright strawberry middle and a long, lingering finish.
22.4° Brix sugar
0.61 g/100 mls acidity
0.55 g/100 mls acidity