Expression Cabernet Franc Rosé 2020 (250mL can)
Bright pink in the glass. The nose is intense with aromas of wild strawberries, candied raspberries, watermelon and a touch of pink peppercorn. The palate is dry, with refreshing acidity and flavours of strawberries and blood orange. The finish is long and persistent with lingering notes of candied berries.
Drink well chilled on release with caprese salad, grilled tuna or a charcuterie board. Will soften and develop further complexities with medium-term aging.
NOTE: MINIMUM PURCHASE REQUIREMENT OF 6 CANS
MIX & MATCH WITH
Expresion Pinot Grigio 2020 (250mL can)
VQA Niagara Peninsula
Select Niagara Peninsula
6% Pinot Noir
94% Cabernet Franc
BRIX AT HARVEST
Wine, like art, is an expression. An expression of the winemaker’s style, the vineyard’s terroir, the grape variety, and your taste.
The Cabernet Franc was picked at almost full maturity at the end of September and approximately 24 hours on skins creating an intense colour in the must. It was then fermented to full dryness in stainless steel tanks and aged for two months before being blended with a small amount of Pinot Noir rose to achieve the perfect pink colour in the glass and to brighten the fresh fruit flavours on the palate. The wine was then bottled in March 2021 following a light fining and filtration.
Winter of 2020 started with warmer than average temperatures from January through March followed by a cooler than average April. Bud break was in the second and third week of May. From thereon, temperatures increased and the summer months were above average temperatures with little precipitation, allowing for full phenolic development. Harvest remained dry and sunny with cool nights, important for maintaining acidity. There was little to no disease pressure, resulting in clean and ripe fruit. Harvest started in the second week of September with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay for sparkling, followed quickly by aromatic whites and then later ripening whites. Gamay was the first red variety harvested in early-to-mid October followed closely by Pinot Noir and Merlot. Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon were the last varieties to be harvested, taking place the last week of October through early November. Berry size was recognized to be smaller than previous years with an intense dark colour, suggesting the potential for increased concentration of flavour and colour extraction. The quality of the grapes was very good to excellent throughout the portfolio. Wines should have the capacity to age for the medium to long term.