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: 30% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir
- Pinot Noir from Plein de Vie Vineyard, Penticton; Pinot Meunier from Pipar's Vineyard, Naramata; Chardonnay from Plein de Vie Vineyard, Penticton
- Picked in early September at 18 brix, the Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes were de-stemmed and crushed and then were individually soaked on skins for two days much like our Re-Think Pink Rosé. These macerations were gently dumped by gravity, pressed off with a basket press Champagne settling and settled without sulphur. This base wine was then cool-fermented to dryness. The wine was racked off of gross lees, blended, then stored in a neutral oak cask over the winter on fine lees. This extended lees contact adds texture and subtle oxidation in the absence of the long-term autolysis of Method Champenoise. The wine was second fermented in a pressurized Charmat tank to provide a delicate and persistent fine bubble. A small dosage was added of 4 g/L to balance the acidity before bottling. No sulphur was added to this wine before bottling.
- Aromas of fresh strawberries carry through to the palate where a cranberry astringency cleans the vibrant fruit aromas. A sage note and biscuit gives the wine a savoury, fresh dimension. Caution: goes down like juice.