Azores Wine Company 2018 Rose Vulcanico, Azores IG
Item Number: 12807
Sub Region: Azores
Appellation/AVA: Azores IGP
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 25% Saborinho / 25% Agronómica / 25% Aragonez / 25% Touriga Nacional
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 11.5
Soil Type: Black volcanic basalt
Case Production: 533
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.
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: Rosé Vulcanico is the ultimate maritime wine, and imbued with the unmistakable volcanic terroir of Pico-salty and fresh, with beautiful precision and acidity. 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.
90pts (2019 Vintage) Wine Advocate 7/31/2020
"The 2019 Rosé Vulcânico is roughly an equal blend of 25% each of Saborinho, Agronómica, Touriga Nacional and Aragonez, based on proportions of what is in the vineyard. It is very dry and comes in at 11.5% alcohol. A fresh delight for summer drinking, this has beautiful flavor with the fruit always supported by fine acidity. Lingering and refreshing, this is a pleasure to drink. It's not particularly fleshy, and it certainly isn't sweet; so, if that's what you want, look away. This is closer to a white in style than a red wine substitute."