Rosé Vertical 3-pack
Just in time for Mother's Day, we are releasing a super-limited Rosé 3-pack. We dug into the wine library to create this 3-vintage vertical of our first three Rosé releases: 2016, 2017 & 2018. Only twenty 3-packs are available and they will go fast!
All three rosés were crafted in the spirit of dry French rosés from Gamay and Pinot Noir grapes grown in the Cowichan Valley. Each vintage was fermented with wild yeast, to create a crisp, refreshing style of rosé meant to be enjoyed in a variety of contexts—but especially with good friends.
2016 was the longest and warmest of the three rosé vintages. It also received more skin contact during the pre-fermentation cold soak then the other two vintages making it the darkest and richest of the three. After years of aging in the cellar, the bright acidity has softened and secondary savoury notes have developed along with deep plummy notes. The 2016 rosé can be paired just as you would a lighter red wine and would be a good match for the main protein dish at Mom's special dinner.
2017 was the coolest of the three vintages and received less time on the skins before fermentation. This shows in the delicate peachy colour and lighter body. It's the 'prettiest' of the three, with crisp acidity and lovely stone fruit and rhubarb notes. This would be the light, refreshing patio sipper to pair with all the sunshine in this weekend's forecast... and maybe a cheese plate.
2018 was the Goldilocks vintages of the three. Not too hot, not too cold. It saw a similar amount of skin contact as the 2017 vintage, but overall, the riper grapes gave more colour and a slightly richer palate. It's evolving beautifully after going through a second winter in the cellar. The bright acidity has settled into a lovely balance with the fruit flavours and a hint of the same savoury notes found in the 2016. Being the youngest and brightest of the three, the 2018 would be spectacular with shellfish (mussels and oysters in particular) and would also play nicely with fresh salads.