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Averill Creek Joue Rosé
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Averill Creek Joue Rosé 2019

Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaPouring a deeper raspberry hue, this playful and lively rosé surprises with its forward savoury, salty drive, sculpting strawberry, rhubarb and tart red currants. There's a balsamic twinge that rinses out the finish and hints to its naturalist roots and intention. Most definitely, you wouldn't be able to nail its route to your glass. Winemaker Brent Rowland had three different fermenters on the go: two pinot noir and one marechal foch. He gently pressed the fruit, with the juice going into open-top fermenters onto which he destemmed whole berry gewürztraminer (on the foch) and pinot gris (on the pinot), followed by the just-pressed juice. He then proceeded like a typical red ferment (though the cap was white berries), with regular pigeage. After all, was pressed off, it was blended and left in the tank on lees until bottling with nothing added and nothing is taken away (including fining, filtration, and sulphur)—a fun adventure, and one equally adventurously fun, with a brisk chill, in your glass.Tasted: 13 April 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 29.50 winery direct Producer: Averill Creek VineyardDistributors: Massey Wines & Spirits Ltd.
Blend: Pinot Noir - Marechal Foch - Gewürztraminer - Pinot Gris