foxly rose 2019

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WINEMAKER’S NOTES   Andrea Barker

Viticulture:

Early winter temperatures preceding the 2019 growing season were moderate. However, a warm spell in January followed by a cold snap in February led to bud damage, causing reduced yields throughout the valley. Warm weather towards the middle of spring led to average vine development through budbreak and flowering. Summer saw moderate temperatures with few debilitating heat spikes and a smoke-free valley. Due to the bud damage occurring over winter, much of the fruit was produced by secondary and tertiary buds, which have the tendency to produce smaller clusters and ripen in different stages, requiring green-thinning and further reducing yields. Warm weather through the beginning of September resulted in perfect conditions for early-ripening varieties; however, cool and wet weather beginning in the second week resulted in increased disease pressure and slowed the ripening of fruit still on the vines. Increased bird pressure and a Thanksgiving frost dealt a final blow to fruit yield throughout the valley. Despite significant losses in quantity, with judicious vine management throughout the season, well-placed sites protected from frost saw some of their best fruit in recent years. The extended ripening season in the fall led to concentrated flavour development and acid retention in fruit, producing well-balanced wines.

Winemaking:

The debut foxly rose is produced primarily from skin-contact pinot gris sourced from several sites in the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys. A splash of colour from zweigelt contributed to a summery blush pink hue. Each component was fermented separately to dryness and aged in stainless steel through winter. Blending occurred in early spring and further tank ageing facilitated integration before bottling in mid-May. Fining and filtering ensure stability and clarity in bottle.

Tasting notes:

The 2019 foxly rose is a warm and summery blush pink with a hint of salmon. Blood orange and peach stone greet the nose, evolving into a bouquet of orange blossom, strawberry and cream, with subtle overtones of rose petal and green melon rind. Tart strawberry and peach come through on the palate with a hint of vanilla bean and a steely mineral finish. Crisp acidity and a creamy texture create a very well-balanced and rounded fruit-forward wine. Best enjoyed now with light summer dishes and great company! 

Technical data:

Alcohol: 13.2%    

Titratable acidity: 6.2g/L      

Residual Sugar: 2.9g/L

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