I’m always on the search for a tasty Rosé.
Here is one from a new winery with a plethora of options made from grapes sources from all parts of the Okanagan and a tasting room located in West Kelowna. We visited it briefly on a trip there in August 2015.
The Hatch has invested a lot in their very cool, hipster-esque tasting room and the original artwork sported on the bottles is top notch impressive. They were backed-up busy the day we visited, but did take the time to offer us a personal, albeit quick, tasting. Still, it was nice to stand at their bar tables and the atmosphere, while noisy, was cheerful.
Sadly, the contents of their Brut Rosé is less so. The colour of pretty, pale watermelon juice, this bubble has an assertive but short-lived mousse and a faint nose of more strawberry backed by bitter almond. Neither the bottle nor their website offers any information about the grape(s) used.
The palate is dry and the alcohol obvious with flavours of summer berry, light jalapeno and some herb; a basic sparkling wine showing no complexity and a quick finish. There’s absolutely no information about how it has been made on the winery’s website and I suspect the bicycle pump method for the bubbles. I did email them for information, but after a week they hadn’t responded.
I bought this without having tasted it – I have more hope for the other bottles I brought home. WSET Acceptable and overpriced for what it offers. Not recommended for ageing.
The search for ‘my happy place’ Rosé continues.