Caves Sao Joao 2018 Espumante Bruto Rose
Item Number: 12953
Sub Region: Bairrada
Appellation/AVA: Bairrada DOC
Grape(s): 40% Baga / 40% Touriga Nacional / 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Soil Type: Clay and limestone
Case Production: 2,500
The singular terroir of Bairrada makes for world-class sparkling wine. The vineyards are planted 20km from the ocean, battered by the northern Atlantic winds for which the area is well known. Méthode traditionelle gives this wine a soft, silky texture, combined with the floral tones and bright fruit of its indigenous varietals.
Terroir Notes: Clay and limestone are the predominant soils in the vineyards. The climate is Atlantic, with strong cooling effect from the maritime influence and strong winds. The annual rainfall is around 800mm per year, peaking in autumn and winter.
Winemaking Notes: The fruit is harvested during the first two weeks of September. Grapes are de-stemmed and lightly pressed for a light rose color. The must is fermented in temperature controlled vats for 15 days. At the beginning of December the wine is bottled. After three months on the lees, bottles are disgorged.
Tasting Notes: Touriga Nacional gives intense rose petal aromas and Baga a bright red fruit character. Cabernet lends depth and herbal notes. Floral tones and red berry fruit lift the nose. On the palate, delicate and persistent bead makes for a silky, rich texture. Bright strawberry and red raspberry on the mid palate, complemented by mineral, white pepper and more floral tones. Racy acidity cuts a beam through the middle, making for a food-friendly sparkler. This is a terrific aperitif-style Rosé, enjoyable on its own. It also makes a lovely complement to shellfish, fried seafood, tempura, and spicier Asian cuisine.