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Bella Wines Buddha's Blend Rosé
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Bella Wines Buddha's Blend Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBuddha's Blend, or B2, is yet another new experiment from BC's leading sparkling house, Bella Wines. As any visitor to the Naramata Bench winery knows, Buddha is the family bulldog / official greeter. For this new release, winemaker Jay Drysdale took all the suitable lees from his various single vineyard pressings around the Okanagan, and combined them into a single tank to native ferment, topping up as they were racking all their single lot wines. The final wine turned out to be approximately 50/50 gamay / chardonnay, was bottled with a Champagne yeast for secondary ferment and five months in bottle on lees before hand riddling and disgorging. Earthy wild raspberry, fresh rhubarb are strung high-tension with cleansing grapefruit acidity. Bone dry, with no dosage, this rings with citrus pith, subtle strawberries, mandarine to a snappy, bright finish. Friendly, charming and easy to like, just like a certain bulldog named Buddha.Tasted: 28 May 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 26.00 winery direct Producer: Bella WinesDistributors: Winery Direct
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Blend: Chardonnay - Pinot NoirCSPC: 135470UPC: 626990329954