Vin D'une Nuit 2017
We chose a name which loosely translates to: "One night stand" - as the skins remained on the juice just a few hours harvest evening. We selected the fruit for this wine from the vineyard in front of our tasting room where the north face of the vines are grafted to Malbec, specifically: clone FPS 04 which originated in Bordeaux.
This is a seductive and enchanting wine, both for its aromatic quality and flavor and for its magical color. It creates a fresh impression on the nose, and on the palate with floral and red fruit notes and watermelon; with a balanced acidity and mouthfeel that makes it easy to drink.
Page from Larry Walker's new book on Rosé wines.
We intentionally picked the grapes for the rosé with the grape sugar at 22 Brix; this is lower than the sugar content we seek for our red table wines and ensures that the wine is bright and fresh. After gently crushing the grapes, to release the juice, we then left the juice and fruit to mingle and macerate overnight.
Grapes were gently crushed and the skins were left in contact with the juice for a couple hours when it was pressed to a tank. Two days later it was racked into barrels for fermentation. Fermentation continued for 18 days until dryness. We used seasoned French oak barrels for this wine. After four months in oak, the wine was racked into a tank, then gently fined, and loosely filtered before bottling. Meant to be consumed fresh – now is the time!
The color is a brilliant translucent garnet, certainly darker than many rosés, and that darker color hints of deeper flavors too. Aromas are of rose petals, strawberry and dried rosemary followed by bold flavors of plum, rhubarb and Earl Grey tea.
We enjoyed our first bottle, straight off the bottling line with a tasty spaghetti carbonara. The salty bacon and rich creamy sauce were a perfect match with our Vin D’une Nuit Malbec Rosé on a warm spring evening.