2017 Oasis Rosé
The color is an alluring rosy gold hue and the nose detects fragrances of white raspberry, blood orange zest, honeydew melon and rose petal. Juicy acidity keeps the palate fresh and light while structured tones of pink grapefruit, tangerine twist, tart strawberry and a hint of cream take the lead. The lingering finish is layered, boasting flavors of wild cherry, sweet spearmint and icy peach sorbet.
Our winemaker uses direct press method to produce this Provençal style, dry Rosé. Hand-picked in the early morning, the cold grapes were pressed within moments after coming off the vine. Malolactic fermentation was inhibited to preserve acidity, keeping the wine fresh and crisp.
Challenging weather still yielded a large harvest. We began harvesting on August 30th, picking some Grenache to be used for Rosé at low brix (sugar content). The combination of hot weather and a heavy crop slowed things down a bit after that. It is belived that temperatures over 104 degrees cause vines to shut down, and we had quite a few of those days this summer. We picked at night, so the fruit came in nicely chilled. Then, a searing heat wave in September singed some canopies. (Canopy management is an important aspect of viticulture due to its effect on grape yields, quality, vigor, and the prevention of grape diseases). Then, moderate temperatures slowed down sugar development. In early October we got in quite a few small hand picks and completed another large harvest.
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