We finished off the summer on the most spectacular of Labour Day weekends with some half decent plonk, although neither of these rosés left a huge impression.
The C d Nimes was my preference of the two, even when it veered to being peachy to the point of punchy. Aromatic and fruity but not cloying. The Haywire is more of a lab experiment gone awry: it’s sharp, it’s tart, it’s like a pop rock without the pop. The concrete vats and native yeast have left it sere and flat and confrontational, like running into a thug in a dark alley by accident. I think it will please the wine aficionados in its uniqueness (in terms of the BC rosé production) while deeply offending the average joe looking for a decent rosé. The OK Crush Pad description (which was part of the rationale for the purchase) reads:
A delicate salmon hue, lifted berry fruit, with a hint of thyme and spice. Delicate floral and citrus notes dance on the palate. Texturally lush and glossy, with a fresh and lively finish.
Wow. That’s some bone of contention there. Where’s the ad standards council when you need it?
Price: $25 each give or take.
Market Liquidity: Neither was pricey, neither was impressive.