2016 Rosé Sparkling
Estate Bottled | VQA — Niagara-on-the-Lake
Our Rosé sparkling is a classic blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir made in the traditional method. The pronounced salmon colour comes from using Pinot Noir as the dosage. We bottle age this wine on the lees for a minimum of 18 months and disgorge each bottle just before it leaves our hands. The practice of “RD” or recently disgorged, a sign of quality and attention to detail on the part of the producer. This is a beautifully expressive wine that engages all your senses. The flavours will remind you of ripe strawberries but the wine is dry and refreshing with lots of tiny bubbles.
Vineyard Manager's Notes
The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for our sparkling wines are among the first grapes we pick each year. We hand select bunches right in the vineyard, looking for good ripeness while still retaining high acidity. We include grapes from all four of our vineyard sites in order to help maintain the consistency of aromas and flavours in the cuvée each year. Note that this wine is vintage dated, a rarity among sparkling wines.
Bosc Family Food Pairings
This is a yummy wine for sipping while making dinner. It is fresh and crisp so it will also pair with many appetizers; from smoked salmon to chicken satay.
||Brix at Harvest
" ... 50.9% chardonnay and 49.1% pinot noir (blanc des noirs) from vines planted as early as 1991, very pretty colour from the pinot dosage, reminiscent of strawberry blush, almost 2 years lees contact and fermented in the bottle. Full, rich, ripe yeasty biscuit complexity. Citric finish, best with food such as appetizers. Strawb fruit dominates. Recently disgorged." 93 Points -- Dean Tudor, www.gothicepicures.blogspot.com, June 2021
"A festive mousse rises above a wild-salmon shaded liquid releasing aromas of peach, strawberry, red cherry, yeasty buns and a whiff of white mushroom. The first sip will fill your palate with an expansive and tightly knit froth carrying delicious flavours of field strawberry, red apple, pie cherry and vivid zesty character leaving you wanting more. This thirst quenching, well crafted, crisp, bubbly rosé will pair well with just about everything. Try smoked salmon, sun-dried tomato crostini or sip on its own with friends." 92 Points -- Louise Boutin, www.winecurrent.com, June 2021
"There's a fine mousse here, that is natural for these traditional method sparklings, there is also delicate apricot, lemon and raspberry-cherry notes; but everything is mellow and muted so "delicate" is a good word to describe this version of the Chateau's staple - all with a nice bubble and good acidity touched ever so delicately by a brioche note." 3 1/2 Stars -- Michael Pinkus, www.michaelpinkuswinereview.com, June 2021