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Sandhill Rosé 2018

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Sandhill Estate Vineyard

Sandhill Rosé 2018

Gamay Noir (83%) and Merlot (17%)

A delicate pink grapefruit in colour.
This Rosé begins with a summer pretty aroma of wild strawberry, crab apple, white peach and melon.
At first taste, expect a refreshing and juicy wine that is just off-dry with fruity flavours of tangy red berries, red apple and Rainier cherry, then finishing dry, with notes of pomegranate, red berry, white currant, pink grapefruit and a touch of earthiness.
Excellent with tapas; antipasto plates; feta bruschetta; whole grain summer salads; buffalo mozzarella and tomato salad; Greek salad; grilled salmon; crab cakes; grilled calamari; pissaladiere; Margherita pizza; grilled pork tenderloin; feta cheese; Tourtiere with tangy chili sauce.

The mid and southern Okanagan, and Similkameen Valleys, experienced an early start to the growing season with warm, dry conditions which persisted until August. The month of August and early September experienced smoke covered valleys from local wild fires which slowed the ripening process, allowing for an extended period for ripening and development of flavours. During late September conditions improved providing an excellent harvest period for early ripening varietals. An early October frost caused some issues with late ripening varietals, but overall the 2018 vintage saw a near normal to good growing season.
Wine Making The Gamay Noir (83%) and Merlot (17%) grapes were harvested from Sandhill Estate Vineyard, and immediately upon arrival at the winery, were gently pressed in two batches. One batch was pressed separating the juice from the skins immediately and sent directly to tank for fermentation. The other batch was given some skin contact to extract just enough colour and texture to blend with the more delicate portion (the first batch). The juice was cool fermented with a special strain of yeast typically used for white wine to enhance the aromatics, then aged in stainless steel to enhance the vibrant fruit characteristics.
Wine Analysis Alcohol 13.1% Dryness Code 1 Sugar 7.2 g/litre TA 5.9 g/litre Cellaring Enjoy now Release Date March 2019 Cases Produced 1878 CSPC# 583351 PID# 1118429
  1. From Start, Middle to Finish absolutely amazing Review by Rose
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    A Rosé that is very full in body. Earthy tastes, at first, opening into a long and rich and full middle with an amazing and never ending finish. Goes with so many foods from spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette, spaghetti and meat balls to a chicken curry. Relax and linger with this spectacular Rosé.

    The 2011 Sandhill Rosé was amazing but the 2012 is incredible! Thanks (Posted on 5/18/13)

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