Azores Wine Company 2016 Rose Vulcanico, IG Azores
Item Number: 10148
Sub Region: Azores
Appellation/AVA: Azores IGP
Grape(s): 25% Saborinho / 25% Agronómica / 25% Aragonez / Touriga Nacional
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Soil Type: Black volcanic basalt
Terroir Notes: The Portuguese archipelago of the Azores is home to a winemaking tradition that dates back to its colonization in the 15th century, wherein viticulture was introduced by Franciscan friars. This group of islands is home to a singular terroir and microclimate, one that draws close comparison to the island of Santorini. Like Santorini, the Azores are volcanic islands comprised entirely of black basalt. Pico, the main wine producing island where these vineyards are located, has such poor soil that the vineyard needs to be supplemented with soil from neighboring islands to support vine growth, and even with that, the yields are a fraction of what they are in the rest of the DOC. Additionally, the vineyards are grown in tiny plots (2-6 bush trained vines per square) protected on all sides by small walls called currais to ward off the strong winds that blow in from the nearby beaches.
Rosé Vulcanico is the ultimate maritime wine, and imbued with the unmistakable volcanic terroir of Pico-salty and fresh, with beautiful precision and acidity.
Winemaking Notes: The fruit of this Rosé was manually harvested then racked to small stainless steel tanks until December. No maceration, free run and direct press. Conventional fermentation with cultivated yeasts.
Tasting Notes: Pale salmon pink, with edges running to orange. Aromas of wild strawberry, sea spray, blood orange and sour cherry comingle with iodine, black pepper and oyster shell. On the palate, clean, fresh flavors of strawberry and watermelon are carried by high toned minerality and persistent salinity. Thirst quenching and stunningly easy to drink. This is a wine that performs beautifully with all sorts of seafood, owing to its salinity and minerality. Shellfish and freshly prepared fish dishes are brilliant pairs, particularly those with some heat.