Varietal 45% Pinot Meunier, 36% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Pipar’s Vineyard, Naramata; Plein de Vie Vineyard, Penticton

Vintage Report

In a word, 2016 was a totally unprecedented growing season.  The winter was extremely moderate with budbreak occurring April 13th – the earliest budbreak on record in the Okanagan – which set the tone for the season. Flowering was early, Spring was hot, and record breaking temperatures in the mid-thirties extended growing degree days (even in March) and produced a full vineyard canopy by mid-May. From a viticultural perspective, this was alarming. We left all shoots to create a heavier crop to retard the potential for early sugar ripeness. Once the fruit set, we left more than usual to ripen. In June and July, the Okanagan saw rain. Mildew was an ever-present threat prompting our vineyard crew to act preventively and quickly open the canopy for airflow. Cooler temperatures prevented early ripeness in mid-June, and continued through July. August saw a temperature spike before returning to cooler temperatures in September. Veraison was early and uneven across varietals. Our first pick was for our bubble on August 22nd with all of our tonnage completely picked by October 12th and vinified by the end of October. Despite an early start, we saw low pH and lower brix than previous vintages demonstrating that 2016 will express a cooler vintage profile. Overall, expect more freshness, minerality, and better balance than the warmer three preceding vintages.

Winemaker’s Notes

The Plein de Vie Rosé was made in celebration of the opening of our tasting room and picnique area in 2015. Joie has always made bubble for family and friends, and in the pursuit of sharing the love, we made an accessible, fun, prosecco-style sparkling wine that is, of course, pink. Plein de Vie means ‘full of life’ and, indeed, you will be too when this easy yet sophisticated bubble, made from classic Champagne grapes is enjoyed in good company with good food.

Tasting Notes and Pairing Suggestions

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.

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Silver Medal, 2017 Cascadia Wine Awards, Oregon

pH 3.4
Total Acidity 5.63 g/L
Residual Sugar 7.52 g/L
Alcohol 11.10%