Cruzat Rose Brut
WHY WE LOVE IT
- This sparkling rosé is sourced from estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines at 3,400 foot elevation in Perdriel.
- Low dosage produces a wine with verve and tension levels that are unique from this part of the world.
Varietal Composition: 80% Pinot Noir 20% Chardonnay
Elaboration: The contact between must and grape skin results in carbonic maceration, which will progressively yield the distinctive color and aromas of a Rosé. The process extends for about eight hours and concludes when the must is tasted and assessed to be ready. The must is then cooled and kept at 35.6 °F for 24 hours for the settling of suspended particles. After this, the clear must is taken to a temperature of 53.6 °F and seeded with selected yeasts. The alcoholic fermentation process takes place at temperatures between 57 °F and 61 °F in stainless steel tanks. The base wine is left to age on its lees for 12 months.
Tasting Notes: Attractive, subtle salmon color with surprising aromas of red fruits and fresh, persistent flavors. Light and elegant tannins and well-balanced acidity that lends freshness to the palate. Lends itself to be enjoyed along as an aperitif, and invites pairing with fish, red meats, and desserts.
NV – 91 James Suckling
Bodega Cruzat was founded in 2004 by Argentina’s “King of Bubbles,” Pedro Rosell, along with three well-known partners – Gaston Cruzat, Hernan Boher, and Carlos Barros. From day one the winery’s objective has been to produce South America’s best sparkling wines, using the traditional method of second in-bottle fermentation. With the combination of tradition, knowledge, and technology, Cruzat sparkling wines reflect the never-ending search for excellence with concern for for every detail in the winemaking process.
The winery is located in the old winemaking region of Perdriel, south of the Mendoza River, at the foot of the Cordon del Plata mountain range. All wines are made from high elevation estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines, many of which sit at an unbelievable 4,600+ feet. Dosage is low across the board, resulting in verve/tension levels that we’ve simply never before seen in this part of the world.