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Cliff and Gorge Rosétext

Cliff and Gorge Rosé 2022

Lillooet, British Columbia, CanadaCliff and Gorge is a Lillooet-based winery run by former Whistler councillor Eckhard Zeidler. He and his wife Deanne planted 32 grape varieties in an experimental vineyard above the Fraser River Gorge, following organic principles. The rosé is explicitly grown to be a pink wine. The blend is almost all white 507 Blattner with bits of pinot meunier, and gamay added for colour. The 507 was a Blattner experiment designed to be highly disease resistant. It's fermented in stainless with a plastic bin used for the reds. The wine pours with an orange-peachy hue. The palate is lively and just off-dry, with a lot of fresh fruit reminiscent of wild berries and vibrant cherry, with a medium+ body, citrus, and candied apple with a spicy finish. Indeed, it is more interesting than half the rosés that flood the world market. Fine value.Tasted: 04 February 2024Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$17.00750mlwinery online/direct, select private retailers
Producer: Cliff and Gorge VineyardsDistributors: Winery Direct
Blend: 507 Blattner - Pinot Meunier - Gamay