Last December Blomidon Estate Winery released their much anticipated traditional method brut rosé. I was thrilled to receive a bottle as a gift the day before leaving on our European wine trip. Needless to say, I lacked the discipline to save it for our return, and thoroughly enjoyed it, with friends, on the eve of our departure. While sampling many spectacular Champagnes in Rheims my mind would occasionally drift back to that evening, the lovely sparkling rosé, and I think to myself that upon returning, I must have another bottle. I could no longer resist the siren call of this alluring salmon-coloured elixir in it's distinctively-shaped bottle and elegant minimalist complementarily coloured label.
This 2012 vintage traditional method sparkling rosé is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The base wine was barrel fermented in neutral oak, after the secondary fermentation in the bottle, the wine aged on the lees for 33 months before being disgorged. It is describes as exhibiting "... Hints of strawberry, Macintosh apple and warm brioche [and] finishing soft and dry..."