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  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2019, Bronze Medal

Ladybug Rosé, 2018

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2018 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 12.0% ALC/VOL

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  • Cabernet Franc
  • Gamay
  • Pinot Noir

Critic's Rating89 pts


Refreshingly bright and crisp with aromas and flavours tracing strawberry and cream, ripe banana, candied cherry and green apple leading to a fresh, fruity finish.

Composition: 45 % Cabernet Franc, 35 % Gamay, 20 % Pinot Noir.

Harvest:  Pressed from grapes grown specifically for this wine, picked as grape sugars averaged 20.5 ° Brix.

Vinification:  The berries were destemmed, crushed, and sent to tank.   The mixture of crushed grapes and free-run juice cold-soaked for 24 hours before pressing.  Cold-fermentation and stabilization were completed in stainless steel before bottling in February 2019.


Awards & Ratings

Critic’s Rating:

89 pts

Happy 20th rosé-versary to the venerable Ladybug, the one that started it all for rosés in Ontario. Mottiar says he’s trying to move this to a lighter colour than the brilliant pink it has been in the past, and drier. He picked a good vintage to start as colour was a bit of a challenge in 2018. The blend of Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Pinot Noir offers a bolder nose of crushed red berries and raspberry bramble that’s more upfront than the other two rosés. It’s a mouthful of pure pleasure that’s rich and robust and bursting with red fruits with just a hint of sweetness and a perky, zesty finish. Every day rosé.

- Rick Vansickle, Wines in Niagara


  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2019, Bronze Medal National Wine Awards of Canada 2019, Bronze Medal

Connoisseur Note(s):

Lady Bug is the entry point to Malivoire's strong rosé portfolio, designed for maximum appeal, but I find this 2018 to be particular good, a step about previous examples. The blend is the usual cabernet franc, gamay and pinot noir, made in a deeply-coloured and fruitier style, but this vintage comes across as drier and fresher, more savoury than it has been in the past. I like the forward strawberry fruit and the gently herbal tinged imparted by the cab franc, while length and depth are more impressive than usual. The best Lady Bug in recent memory. Tasted April 2019.

88 points - John Szabo, MS


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