ESTATE MARQUETTE ROSÉ 2018
Summary: Our estate Chace Hill Vineyard lies almost a stone’s throw from the shores of Wachusetts Reservoir in central Massachusetts. Planted by Frank Zoll in 2014, the vineyard sprawls across a rolling hilltop and basks in the New England sunlight and summer breezes. The Marquette grape is one of the varietals planted in this special place. Like our winemaker, Marquette is a cold hardy grape varietal born in the Midwest that has found a new home in Massachusetts. Loaded with fruit flavors and structure, Marquette makes a delicious dark colored and bold rosé wine.
Tasting Notes: A dry Rosé of Marquette wine dark pink in color and loaded with strawberry, cherry, raspberry, and rhubarb aromas with a broad lingering fruit loaded finish.
Food Pairing Suggestions: Pair with so cheeses, chicken salads, light summer pastas, or simply good friends on the back porch.
Vineyard: Chace Hill Vineyard, Lancaster, MA
Varietal Composition: 100% Marquette
Aging Protocol: 12 months in stainless steel. Bottled aged for an additional 9 months.
Alcohol: 12.9% ABV
pH: 3.7, Total acidity: 5.5 g/L
Production Volume: 371 bottles
Vintage and Production Notes
2018….Ugh. Spring started cold and rainy and that summer that followed was marked by almost weekly torrential downpours. Part of the vineyard turned into a swampy lake that didn’t fully drain until the following spring. We battled grape rot from the start of cluster formation. In August, the sun came out enough to encourage sugar formation, but also increased humidity to encourage late season rot outbreaks. We handpicked and sorted 920 lbs for our rose wine on September 8. The grapes were destemmed and pressed as fast as possible to minimize skin contact time. Fortunately, the dark color of Marquette came through to afford a good dark colored juice, which was fermented cool with QA23/Maurvin B co-innocculated yeast to retain the bright red fruit flavors and promote reduction of the malic acid levels.