This Rosé is made from Cabernet Franc from Oliver, Merlot grown on our Naramata Estate, Pinot Noir from Kelowna and Malbec and Petit Verdot added for complexity. The Merlot was treated in 2 different ways. Some of the grapes were sent directly to press resulting in a fresher more fruit forward juice. A very small portion of the Merlot was treated in the saignee method, in which some fermenting juice is taken from a traditional style red ferment part way through the process. This gives the wine more structure without adding a lot of drying tannins. The Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Malbec and Petit Verdot was sent directly to press which added stone fruit, lilac and minerality to the blend.
The 2017 growing season started off slowly in the Okanagan valley. We did not see bud burst until mid-May and flowering began mid-June. The spring was wet and cooler than normal, but this was quickly followed by warmer temperatures which resulted in flooding. This was followed by 82 days of no rain. Fires resulted in many parts of BC in July and August. Smoke from fires in the north, south and west provided protection from the intense heat of the summer but also created a more humid environment that we are used to in the Okanagan. This resulted in higher disease pressure and some vineyards were overwhelmed with powdery mildew. Fortunately, our growers were vigilant, and we came through relatively unscathed. By veraison the smoke had cleared so there was relief. We did experience frost in low lying regions at the beginning of October, but most vineyards were able to hang on and we gained an additional 3 weeks of hang time. However, due to all these factors yields were down about 15%.