This sweet wine delivers loads of honey dew, strawberries, blueberries, and finishes beautifully with a hint of orange zest. All AmRhein's wines are made from 100% estate grown grapes cultivated in our three vineyard locations in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia since 1995.
The 2019 blush is a sweeter and slightly different version of our Rosé. Rosé refers to a style of wine making and not to a specific grape varietal. There are 3 ways to make Rosés which include blending red and white wine, pressing red grapes off the skins, or bleeding off juice (called saignée) in a red wine must to increase concentration on the skins. Rosé wines can be made from almost any red grapes and can range widely in color and flavors.
Viticulture and Vineyard Site
All the wines blended into this Blush were grown in our Franklin County vineyard in red clay soil at 1700’ elevation. 2019 was an incredible growing season in both quality and quantity, thus providing enough fruit to add Blush and Rosé to our lineup.
The 2019 Blush is made from a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 35% Petite Verdot, 12% Traminette, and 3% Muscat Ottenel. After crushing and de-stemming the grapes, the Cabernet Franc was soaked on the skins for 12 hours prior to pressing. The Petite Verdot was pressed immediately after crushing. The wines were fermented and aged together in stainless steel. The white wines were carefully blended at the end of aging to depth and balance.
Tasting Notes and Food Pairing
Floral notes of honeysuckle and fresh berries dominate the aromas of the 2019 Blush. 3% residual sugar provides sweet flavors of honeydew, strawberries and blueberries followed by a hint of orange zest on the finish. Serve this wine chilled with spicy Asian or Mexican dishes to balance heat.