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Exciting times this spring at Rollingdale as we released our highly anticipated Estate Pinot Grigio, Marechal Foch and Estate Red. All certified organic. We also released a second Pinot Grigio with the grapes sourced from a gorgeous vineyard in East Kelowna.
2012 Estate grown, certified organic, Pinot Grigio with a clear and light gold colour. Aromas of lemon, pear and gooseberries with a hint of orange blossom, and a nice minerality of chalk and flint. Light and crisp mouthfeel with flavours of pear, honeydew melon and citrus. Balanced, mouthwatering acidity makes for a nice, long finish.
2012 Valley View Pinot Grigio
Light golden frame with an almost translucent center. Aromas of melon, straw and grapefruit with a slight hint of jasmine. On the palate there's bright, refreshing acidity with gala apple, pear, lemon and persimmon. Very palate cleansing with an abbreviated finish.
2012 Estate grown Marechal Foch
Regally purple-red in colour. Aromas of toasted wheat, ripe plum, black current and cocoa nibs. Bright, palate cleansing acidity and soft tannins give way to spicy cherry, tart blackberry, strawberry and plum flavours. Youthful and refreshing. A perfect Summer red.
2011 Estate Red
Deep, dark purple colour. Aromas of spiced cherry, charred buckwheat, forest floor and fresh beets. The palate is earthy and herbaceous with black peppered cherries, plum, fig and celery. Excellent balance of acidity and low tannins make for a very smooth finish.
You can order any these wines from this website. Be sure to check out our case club for special deals and exclusive offers available to case club members only.
Happy new year to all from the Rollingdale family. 2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year for us here and just wanted to send out a quick note about some of the events we have coming up at Rollingdale.
2013 Okanagan Winter Wine Fest
Rollingdale with be participating in two events this year. On Wednesday January 16th, we will pouring at the Taste of Sun Peaks at the Delta Peaks Hotel Ballroom from 7-9pm. On Friday January 18th, we will be participating in the Sun Peaks progressive tasting presented by WestJet in the Sun Peaks village square from 6-9pm. The Winter Wine Festival is always a favourite for the public and industry folk alike. Sun Peaks always does a top notch job hosting this event. It's just a great week of skiing, tasting and socializing so we hope to see you there.
2nd Annual "Sip With Your Sweetheart"
Due to the overwhelming success of last years event, The Westside Wine Trail Association has decided to make this an annual event. The theme will remain the same. Each participating Winery will be offering a chocolate based treat to be paired with a complimenting red wine. This year Rollingdale will be serving a decadent chocolate cherry truffle cookie to be paired with our 2008 "La Droite" Merlot. So stop by with your sweetheart on Sunday, February 10th from Noon-4pm and enjoy a special treat with a very special wine.
Check back with us on this blog site in a week or so where Proprietor Steve Dale and I will be blogging about the power of trade and barter within the wine industry and beyond. It will be a facinating synopsys about the ever expanding world of trade.
The 2012 still wine harvest at Rollingdale is now complete. After an exceptional growing season, the end came very quickly. October 8th saw a jaw dropping free-fall in the temperature when the mercury on the crush pad hit -6 degrees Celsius, thus putting an end to the ripening of the grapes. Despite the early frost, the harvest was still of good quality and yield. Our Pinot Gris came in at a record volume with exceptional flavours and aromas. Spiced apple, melon and pear dominated the senses on the crush pad while the Gris was being processed. Our Marechal Foch had more of a staggered Harvest with the first batch taken down almost immediately after the frost, while the rest was left on the vine for a couple more weeks to develop more mature flavours and to drop some of its acidity. Our Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc are still out in the Vineyard, left to suffer until the Icewine harvest. Thank you to all the people that helped our Vineyard Manager, Kyp Rowe, make this season a success.