2017 Brut Rosé: Sparkling Blanc de Noir with Mourvèdre
Made with the help of Radiant Sparkling Wine Company, who donates its wine bottling services to Chemeketa Community College’s Wine Studies program in the development of the college’s sparkling wine. Chemeketa Community College’s Wine Studies students, visited Radiant’s McMinnville warehouse to meet with the owner, Andrew Davis, and his production team. During the visit, the students had the opportunity to assist in bottling the sparkling wine using the Champenoise process. The students’ wine consists of a blanc noir base wine, which had already gone through the first fermentation, and a dosage of mourvédre. This blend creates Chemeketa Cellars’ sparkling Brut Rosé.
The bottles of wine were first placed in a saltwater brine to freeze the yeast sediment. Then, the high pressure that is created from the dissolved CO2 shoots the yeast plug out after the crown cap is removed. The wine is then supplemented with the final dosage of mourvédre. The mix of white and red wine produces a pink color to the sparkling wine - transforming the wine into a rosé. After the bottles are rinsed with water, a very thick cork is inserted into the bottles and wired down to preserve and maintain the bubbles, and the bottles were labeled with Chemeketa Cellar’s branded and colorful label and boxed in cases.