Wapiti Cellars Rose

Wapiti Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir Rose

The Story

Wapiti Cellars was named after the local herd of wapiti (commonly known as elk) that inhabit the hills above Naramata. Not indigenous to the region, this herd of wapiti was introduced in 1928 by an unusual series of events. Rail cars carrying wapiti from the Alberta Rockies arrived in Penticton via barge and were then transferred onto the tracks of the Kettle Valley railway. A wheel bearing promptly burnt out, and the cars were shuttled onto the Adra siding located just outside the village of Naramata. With no way of feeding or watering the wapiti while the train was being repaired, the herd was set loose into the hills above Naramata. Despite an attempt to round up those individuals several years later, the herd continued to flourish. Today, there are around 200 wapiti roaming the hills of Naramata between Okanagan Mountain Park and Penticton’s’ Campbell Mountain Park.

2014 Pinot Noir Rose

A blend from two Naramata Vineyards, the grapes were picked on October 12, 2014 at 22.9° Brix. The grapes were then destemmed and the juice was allowed to sit on the skins for 24 hours before pressing. 80% was then fermented in stainless steal with the remainder fermented in neutral French Oak barrels. One hundred and seventy seven cases of the Rose were bottled on September, 2015.

Tasting Notes

This dry Pinot Noir Rose has inviting aromas of strawberry, rhubarb and orange peel. The bright red fruit flavours and round mouth feel is balanced by bright acidity on the finish, making this an ideal wine to accompany a meal.

Technical data:

Acid/pH: 5.8 g/L /3.46
Residual sugar: 1.2 g/L
Alcohol: 12.6%

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