2015 Brut Rose "Bubbles"
Keller Estate is thrilled to ofer for the very frst time, Brut Rosé. This wine is made in the traditional “Methode Champenoise”with a base wine of 87% Pinot Noir and 13% Chardonnay. Te grapes for this ofering come exclusively from the mineral rich, clay soils of the La Cruz Vineyard, on the west-facing slopes of our Estate. The growing season of 2015 started with the drought busting rains during the winter months, rains that saturated the parched soils and filled our reservoirs for the frst time in several years. An unusually warm spring created conditions for an early bud break. May became the defning month of the vintage with the lowest recorded temperatures in several years. This weather slowed maturity and led to a late verasion producing small berries on small clusters. This created a very high skin to juice ratio that had incredible, intense favors butlow juice volume, just perfect for sparkling wine. Grapes were picked 2 weeks earlier than normal to ensure the ideal acid/alcohol balance. Once harvested, they had eight hours of skin contact to achieve a light pink color followed by a very gentle press cycle. Te base wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks with no malolactic fermentation to achieve the bright yet delicate aromas of rose and raspberry. Afer the secondary fermentation, wine was aged on its lees for 24 months, followed by a dosage of 9g/L residual sugar, classifying this as a Brut. On the palate features delicate pink grapefruit a long dry fnish with the beautiful minerality that is so clearly the Keller Estate terroir.