Merlot is our flagship varietal and it's very versatile! We wanted to make a Rosé from our top quality fruit, and chose to saignee our tanks to make this wine from the clear juice. Rather than pressing fruit and discarding the skins, we take a little juice off each red tank after it's had time to soak and take on some great colour and flavour, then ferment it dry in a small batch. In 2022, we did our skin soak for 24 hours before taking the juice off the skins.
Golden Mile Slopes
Beautiful medium pink to a water-white rim. Nose features fresh watermelon, bubblegum and white pepper in the background. Palate is bright and juicy, supporting vibrant strawberry and candied fruit, complex aromatics with nice weight from start to finish.
Harvested October 18th & 19th. 24 h skin contact on 181N (the 20 rows beside the cellar) and 347 (the Milepost block) Merlot tanks before saignee, and then fermented dry at cellar temp. Minimal racking and SO2 adjustment. Total production: 89 cases.
Food Pairing Notes
Match with veggie flatbreads with goat cheese or poached salmon.