Culmina Winery, Saignée 2019, Okanagan, BC, Canada.
This impressive Rosé from Culmina’s Golden Mile Bench vineyards is produced using the Saignée method where free run juice is bled-off the freshly pressed grapes after a short maceration to incorporate limited colour and capture maximum sweet and refreshing berry and herbal characteristics in the final wine. A blend of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon otherwise destined for Culmina’s Hypothesis Bordeaux blend, but fortunately diverted to produce this impressive Rosé which weighs in at 14% providing the most creamy and refreshing texture you’ll find in a Rosé this summer. Texture and weight put this wine in a category of its own, giving a creaminess on the palate that makes it wonderful to sip and equally great when paired with BBQ fare and Autumn dishes. Tasted June 2020. 92+ points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca