Mason Vineyards Wild Ferment Rose 2020
Kelly Mason is a renowned Niagara winemaker, who almost a decade ago purchased her vineyard and began tailoring the site with a clear vision — to make only extraordinary estate single vineyard, low yield, small batch, minimal intervention Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc wines that express the character of the site. A single vineyard situated in the Twenty Mile Bench with climate and soils ideally suited to the temperament of the three noble varietals that she focuses on: that’s Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc. Kelly also has collaboration projects, and the first of this Collab Series is with Brooke Husband. While the winemaker often gets the lion’s share of the credit, the first wine of the Collab Series is a way they both can share in the credit for the winemaking.
The Gamay is from Willms Vineyard in Four Mile Creek. We pressed whole berries at low pressure then moved the juice to a tank that was lined with whole cluster Gamay. Primary and secondary fermentation were wild and we kept the whole clusters in until the end of ferment. The wine started off with an early ferment with some carbonic maceration as well as late ferment skin contact. This is what contributes to the texture you see on the midpalate and the flavours supported by different notes from the wild ferment.
Get this wine if you want a refreshing local rose made by two incredible women. Pair with something satisfying, fresh and completely uncomplicated like a BLT taco.
Mason Vineyards Wild Ferment Rose 2020 is backordered and will ship as soon as it is back in stock.