2018 Sparkling Rosé Reserve

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The Wine

100% Marquette is used in our Sparkling Rosé. This red wine grape with the French name is a new world creation that ripens early and is well suited to cooler climates. The grandchild of Pinot Noir, it is noted for red berry and spice characteristics as well as its adaptability to colder winter climates. Pronounced red berry fruit – ripe strawberry, red currant on the nose, accented by strawberry leaf, strawberry jam and a hint of spice.

Ripe strawberry with fruit juice, jam and leaf comes through clearly on the palate, alongside some citrus and spice notes. Refreshing exuberant bubbles and juicy acidity keep the wine in balance.

Perfect alongside a salad with strawberry and goat cheese. Also a great foil to quiche and other hard-to-pair brunch dishes with both sweet and savoury components.


The 2018 vintage was memorable for some wild weather. A blazing hot May got us off to a roaring start, but a wet August and September resulted in our coolest vintage at Monte Creek Ranch yet. The result was a lengthy growing season, as, in many cases, we had to let the fruit hang nearly a month longer than normal in order to optimize ripeness. Longer hang time created greater complexity, as the flavours and aromas had time to develop before the sugar got too high.

 

The Facts

  • Alcohol11.4
  • Residual Sugar20.5 g/L
  • pH3.2
  • Tartaric Acid11 g/L