2020 Dolcetto Rosato
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Shuttleworth Creek Vineyard, Okanagan Falls sub-GI
Oct 11, 2020
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Don’t let its electric magenta colour fool you - this rosato is drier, more savoury and fuller in flavour than most of its paler rosé counterparts. Driven by Dolcetto’s intense varietal character, the nose is bursting with red fruit, wild flowers, spice and herbs, with each sniff offering something new. the palate is dry, textural and savoury, with lively acidity and just a touch of structure.
2 bins of hand-harvested fruit from our older block of Dolcetto were foot stomped, and then sealed up for 5 days of cold maceration. After the cold soak, the bins were pressed directly into a concrete tank (full solids) and inoculated with a selected yeast. Once the primary ferment finished, the wine was racked off of its lees, into stainless steel, where it was stabilized, filtered and finally bottled.
What started out as a fun experimental project has quickly become one of the most exciting wines to come out of our 2020 vintage so far. We really wanted to push the boundaries of what we expect of Okanagan rosé, and produce something vibrant, structural and food friendly. Dolcetto seemed like the perfect fit, because of its natual acidity, and the colour we were able to achieve with extended cold soaking is absolutely stunning. This is certainly on the serious, more savoury side of rosés, and as such, we felt it was more in-line with some of the highly pigmented rosatos of southern Italy, and have named it as such.
Food Pairing Notes
Classic: cured meats, beet salad, grilled salmon. grilled meats (steak, tenderloin or even skirt steak tacos), seafood (especially grilled), antipasti & fried appetizers. Adventurous: Lebanese dishes, spicy Indian food, hamburgers, and even dessert!
87 cases produced