I can’t keep hushed for long. It is beautiful summer weather and it is time for us to get out onto our patio and enjoy ourselves and air our Dirty Laundry wines. I received several bottles of Dirty Laundry’s latest wines to taste. The first two are their Hush blends. Dirty Laundry Vineyard is located in Summerland, BC and love to play on words related to naughtiness. Their wines are good quality and fun to drink. Their Hush White is a blend of Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, while their Hush Rosé is a blend of Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet (not sure if that is Sauvignon or Franc or both). Both are fun patio sippers for the summer. Let me tell you about them.
My Tasting Notes
Dirty Laundry Hush White 2019 (BC $16.99 on sale) – a blend of Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc from Summerland fruit. Medium straw colour that also has bubbles on the sides of the glass. It is very youthful with aromas of lime, lychee, lemon and tropical fruits. This wine is off-dry, round, full bodied and mouth-filling. Lots of bright acidity, and acidic prickle on the tongue, to accentuate the tropical fruits, pear and peach flavours. Decanting tones down the acidity and I like it a bit more to sip. This wine feels steely toward the finish. On the finish you get tropical fruit and peach then some blackcurrant leaf. An off-dry, tart finish. Enjoy with some soft cheese, like Havarti, oysters on the half shell, or a cream based pasta.
Rating: A fun summer wine with lots of ripe tropical fruit and stone fruit; bright acidity. Decanting helps soften the acidity.
Dirty Laundry Hush Rosé 2019 ($17.99 on sale) – Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet are combined with a cold soak of Pinot Gris on skins for 12 – 24 hours before fermentation. This wine has a medium intensity bright salmon colour. Medium intensity nose showing fresh strawberries, sweet red berries and some tropical fruit. It is off-dry with medium body and acidity. Round but not overly acidic. Red fruits, tropical fruits, strawberries and banana on the palate that goes to the finish. Thicker mouthfeel. Decanting had no major effect, just lighter acidity and the addition of some violet flavour. This wine finished with a mix of red fruit, tropical fruit and bananas, along with some pepperiness and tart acidity. I think smoked salmon or a summery salad would work well here.
Rating: Bright red fruits and tropical fruits on the nose and palate. Off-dry with bright acidity. Open and enjoy.Thanks to Dirty Laundry Vineyard for sending me these wines to review.