It may taste damned delish, but this vintage of Luna Pinot Meunier Rosé was far from easy to make.
Jack Frost and high rainfall led to crop losses, so this wine was pretty pricey to make. Not only were quantities reduced, but the rainfall meant that the grapes had to be hand harvested, due to the condition of the vineyard. Add in the fact that crop levels were severely reduced, due to cold and rainy weather and you have smaller than usual quantities of a tasty rosé.
The 2019 vintage is the first time this wine was made with an old Swiss grape clone called Mariafeld. This was blended with Pinot Meunier and whole clusters were fermented in a sealed tank, which led to intra cellular carbonic fermentation in the grape berries - the same winemaking method used in Beaujolais. It's a tasty way of accentuating the berry fruit sweetness in dry wines. After two weeks, the fruit was then pressed and fermented in stainless tank with a small portion going to barrel, which adds body to the final wine.
By the way, this wine was fined with bentonite (clay), so no animal products were used in its production. Officially, it's a vegan friendly wine.
And, at least as importantly, it is super delicious.
Pop in store on Thursday 13 February for a taste - and buy a few bottles while you're at it.
All welcome - we look forward to seeing you in store.
PS: It's Valentine's Day on Friday 14 February... Just saying.