The Plein de Vie Sparkling Rosé was made in celebration of the opening of our tasting room and Picnique area in 2015. Joie has always made traditional method bubble for family and friends so, in the pursuit of sharing the love, we made an accessible, fun, prosecco-style wine that is (of course) pink. Plein de Vie means 'full of life' and you will be too when this easy yet sophisticated bubble, made from Champagne grapes, is enjoyed in good company with good food.
Varietal: 56% Pinot Meunier, 32% Chardonnay, 12% Pinot Noir
- Pinot Meunier from Pipar's Vineyard, Naramata; Chardonnay from Con Vida Vineyard, Skaha Bluff; Pinot Noir from Con Vida Vineyard, Skaha Bluff
- Picked in early September at 18 brix, the Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes were de-stemmed and then individually crushed and soaked on skins separately for two days - much like we do for our JoieFarm Rosé. These macerations were gently dumped by gravity, pressed off with on a whole-cluster Champagne setting and settled without sulphur. Each varietal was ambient fermented until dry, racked off gross lees, then blended. The wine is then stored in a neutral oak cask over the winter on its fine lees. This extended lees contact adds texture and subtle oxidation in the absence of the long-term autolysis of Method Champagnoise. The wine was fermented a second time in a pressurized Charmat tank to provide a delicate and persistent fine bubble. No dosage or sulphur was added before bottling.
- Aromas of fresh strawberries carry through to a cranberry-like astringency on the palate. Notes of sage and biscuit give the wine a savoury dimension to contrast the vibrant fruitiness. Caution: goes down like juice.