2020 Daydreamer Rosé

Naramata Bench, B.C.

Daydreamer is a boutique, family run winery located in Naramata, BC. Rachel and Marcus Ansems are the daydreamers who created this beautiful Okanagan winery. Rachel is originally from Niagara Ontario. She has worked in the wine industry for many years, and in many different capacities, such as retail, marketing and administration. Rachel has travelled extensively through the worlds wine regions, and is an accomplished taster. Marcus Ansems MW, is an Australian born, second-generation winemaker who has worked over 30 vintages around the world. He has made wine in Europe, South Africa, Australia, and Canada to much acclaim. He is the 5th master of wine in Canada, one of the world’s most prestigious and revered wine accolades, and was the recipient of multiple awards for his outstanding performance in the master of wine examinations. The Daydreamer farm is focused on sustainable farming and winemaking. There is no use of systemic chemicals. They have a family of farm animals, which include Leo, a Greater Swiss Mountain dog who is the sheep guardian to Jarrah, Maple, and the rest of the babydoll sheep clan. Focused on organic farming and low-input winemaking, Daydreamer creates high quality wines that are reflective of their distinct Okanagan terroir. The grapes for the Daydreamer rosé 2020 come from two vineyards, Golden Mile Bench and Naramata Bench. It is made using the saignée method, pronounced “sohn-yay”, meaning to “bleed”. This method of rosé is made when a portion of the juice from a red wine ferment is bled off early during fermentation to increase the concentration of the remaining juice. The saignée rosé finishes fermentation on its own, and is essentially a byproduct of red winemaking. It produces a bolder and darker style of rosé. This rosé comes from the “Amelia” cuvee, which is a classic northern Rhône blend of 90% Syrah, and 10% Viognier. The grapes were hand harvested, destemmed, and left on skins for 18 hours prior to bleeding the free run juice into neutral French oak barrels, where it underwent a natural fermentation using wild yeasts for one month. It was then aged in old French oak for six months prior to bottling. The colour of this wine is a beautiful cherry hue, the nose exudes bright, fresh red fruits, and floral notes. It’s bold style, and juicy ripe fruit makes for a great pairing with creamy Indian dishes or chicken with Asian influenced spice. Do yourself a favour and follow the Daydreamer Instagram account to learn all about winemaking in the Okanagan, and for the cutest babydoll sheep pictures you are ever going to see!


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