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2015 Gamay Rosé Cottontail Vineyard

2016 Cottontail Gamay Rosé

$18.05

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Production: 85 Cases

Availability: Winery direct and select restaurant accounts

Vintage: 2016

Variety or Blend: 100% Gamay Noir

Vineyard Designation: Cottontail Vineyard

Region: Niagara Lakeshore

Vine Age: 10-20 years

Soil: Clay and Loam with some seashells and some sand.

Wine Style: Off-dry

Oak: Neutral oak-aged for 5 months

Alcohol Content: 12.1%

PH: 3.35

TA: 6.54 g/L

Ageing: Drink now through 2020

Serving Temperature: 10 – 14 degrees Celcius

Winemaking:

This Cottontail Vineyard Rosé is made from 100% Gamay Noir. The Gamay Noir grapes had a 4 hour skin soak before we took off some of the juice from the crushed fruit. The juice is pumped to tank for cold settling and clarification before racking to a secondary tank to start alcoholic fermentation. After the alcoholic fermentation starts, we transfer the fermenting wine to neutral barrels to finish ferment and to age for 5 months. This rosé is then brought back to tank for fining and filtering before bottling.

Appearance:

Light salmon with a clear hue.

 

Aroma:

A fresh and lifted aroma of fruit and complex barrel notes. Notes of grapefruit, honeydew melon, white peach and toasty notes of oak, lees and sourdough bread juxtapose aromas in the glass. An evolving wine that has much to show and will have you returning to the glass to see what you can smell next, in an intriguing profile of aromas.

Palate:

A delicate, textured and layered wine. Although this rosé is fruit-driven there are subtle and elegant notes from the barrel aging and exposure to oxygen. The same aromas of fruit on the nose carry through to the palate; grapefruit, honeydew melon, plum and white peach. Light-medium bodied with a silky mid palate and an acid backbone that leaves you salivating for more on the finish.

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