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Winemaker David Stasiuk on Rockway Vineyards' First Pinot Noir Rosé


This past April, Rockway Vineyards bottled its first ever Pinot Noir Rosé, a refreshing and vibrant update on our previous Rosés. Only 150 cases of this patio favourite Niagara wine were produced and it is available exclusively by order or in Rockway Vineyards' wine boutique

Rockway Vineyards Winemaker David Stasiuk shared how he decided to make this unique Rosé of mostly Pinot Noir grapes. 

Selecting The Style of Rosé 

Rosé refers to a type of wine that keeps some colour from grape skins, though not enough to be a red wine. Within this type of wine, there are many different styles, tastes and winemaking methods that make each unique. This type of wine gives the winemaker a lot of room to be creative; from the grapes used, to the desired aroma, alcohol content and intensity of colour.

Stasiuk says this was a new experience for him as a winemaker.

"Last year was one of the first years I’ve had access to Pinot Noir fruit and the decision to make a Rosé with those grapes was spontaneous. In the past, I have gravitated towards richer, fuller styles of Rosé that are deeper in colour and carry big berry aromas. This was a reflection of what I first learned about Rosé  coupled with the limited grape varieties that I had to work with, like Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  These grape varieties are more commonly used in these 'bigger/bolder' styles of Rosé.  

On the contrary, thinner skinned, more delicate grape varieties like Pinot Noir and Gamay are typically used in Ontario to produce a more delicate ‘Provençal’ style Rosé.  This style of Rosé reflects high quality fruit, that translates into delicate wines with more luxurious and complex nuances."

The wine is made up of 86% Pinot Noir grapes and 14% fresh-pressed Riesling juice that co-fermented with the Pinot Noir.


More Rosé is in Rockway's future 

The experience making Pinot Noir Rosé has been so positive that it has become a fixture of Stasiuk and Rockway's future winemaking plans. In 2017, Rockway Vineyards will harvest its own Pinot Noir grapes from our own vineyards. Some of those grapes will be used to making the next vintage of our Niagara Rosé, which will still be in the Provençal style. 

"The decision is simple, I just love this style of Rosé and so does the growing number of wine drinkers gravitating towards them," says Stasiuk. 

So what can you expect from our 2016 Rosé?

Niagara's cool climate and unique soil adds favourable traits to making crisp, food friendly, mineral-driven Rosé. Our 2016 Rosé is vibrant and refreshing with up front fruit aromas, while remaining easy-drinking and crisp. This is an ideal wine for drinking on a patio or a dock, and its medium acidity makes it gentle enough to pair with a wide variety of foods. 

Thirsty yet? Grab a bottle and your favourite charcuterie plate to make the most of 2017's sunlight and warm weather.

Rosé continues to grow in popularity, as evidenced by the number of new Rosés being produced both here in Niagara wine country and worldwide. We are proud to offer our own unique Rosé to this field and look forward to producing more in the harvests to come!
Posted by admin at Aug 28, 2017 Category: Wine
Tags: wine, niagara wine, rose, david stasiuk, wine notes