Huff Estates 2006 South Bay Rosé
If I told you this wine was a zero on the sugar code you’d never believe me. If I told you it was made from red grapes you’d scoff. And if I told you there’s not a drop of Sauvignon Blanc in it you’d call me a liar. But all three of these statements are true. The grapes for this wine come from the highly touted South Bay Vineyard, which is located in the south-east corner of the County. The grapes in question are Cabernet Franc (60%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), and winemaker Frederic Picard stresses to all who will listen, that skin contact was limited to 3-5 hours before pressing to give it that nice pink hue and lively taste. There are plenty of adjectives to describe this wine: fresh, clean, refreshing, lovely – but it truly is a wine to be experienced. The nose is full of citrus and lime, grapefruit is very distinctive, some floral notes are also present with just a hint of sweet strawberry that shows up as the wine warms-up in the glass. But wait, the palate doesn’t disappoint either, and here’s where the similarity to Sauvignon Blanc really take hold. Lovely notes of grapefruit and other citrus flavours grab your tastebuds, while a faint hint of grassiness runs down the center of your tongue. A nice clean seam of acidity finishes this one off dry, with some apparent sweetness in the mouth – but this one’s dry, zero dry. Describing it is one thing, tasting it is quite another, so don’t wait … summer’s here, and this wine was made for summer – a match made in heaven … or at least in South Bay, by a French guy.
Prince Edward County
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