Meldville Cabernet Franc Rosé 2020
VQA Lincoln Lakeshore
Harvest Date: October 22, 2020
Brix at Harvest: 22.8
Bottles produced: 1572
2020 was an exceptional year in Ontario for grape growing. Winter was relatively warm with little snow and temperatures were above normal for most of February and March and had us all thinking about an early spring. April had different ideas and was cooler than average. All things returned to normal!! However warm conditions were in order from the beginning of May and throughout the summer. The summer was in general warmer than normal with enough moisture to give us great growing conditions The fall / harvest continued to be warm and ideal for good maturity of the grapes and intense flavours.
Grapes were harvested in beautiful conditions. After for 4 hours of skin soaking the juice was pressed off giving a light but bright cherry colour. After the juice Was chilled, settled and racked in to stainless steel tank for fermentation using a selected yeast. Ferment was cool keeping the aromas and flavours crisp and fresh. Following ferment, the wine was settled and racked for further aging in Stainless steel tank. The wine was fined and filtered prior to bottling in early summer 2021.