VIDA NOVA ROSÉ
The goal we set ourselves this year was to bring a better quality product to market thus improving the price: quality ratio for our consumers.
By pruning hard to control yield we hope to increase the intensity of flavour in each berry. The winter extremely dry with below average rainfall for the region although we did not have too many winter days with near or below freezing temperatures. The plant life cycle begun as usual in early March with bud burst on the white and early red (Alicante Bouschet and Aragones) varieties. Early canopy formation was mostly clean and unhampered by disease. The temperature and sunlight hours were about normal for this time of year. There were no significant wind events during bud burst and early shoot growth so we did not lose too much canopy. As the daytime temperatures began to climb in late April and early May shoot growth became exponential almost to the extent of being visible to the naked eye. Vineyard work became about managing the leaf volume so that we could get machinery through to complete our spray and fruit exposure programs. Our white varieties matured slightly later than normal and sugar and phenolic ripeness was well matched.
However veraison in the reds was over two weeks later than last year. The ripening and maturation stages of the cycle were accompanied by near perfect weather with hot clear days following cool nights. The resulting diurnal temperature variation should give us some clear, clean intense varietal fruit flavour. The first fruit pick was later in comparison to previous years occurring on the 16th of August.
Country of Origin: Portugal
Region: Lagoa, Algarve.
Appellation: Vinho Regional
Wine Style: Rose table wine.
Varietal Constituents: 60% Syrah and 40% Aragones
Bottling and Maturation: 6 months in stainless steel vats. Bottled in April 2013. Followed by 2 months bottle storage.
Vineyard Area: 12Ha
Soil Type: Free draining sandy loam. Some red clays.
Organoleptic characteristics:Appearance: Striking crimson with pinky-purple flecks.
Aroma: Bursting with an eclectic mix of red summer berry fruit aromas; subtle hints of crushed blackberry leaf seasoned with a pinch of spice.
Palate: Tangy, yet luscious. Rich and creamy with mouth watering flavors of summer pudding supported by balanced acidity and pleasing mouthfeel leading to a long, layered and lively finish
Res sugar: 2.3 g/l
Volatile Acidity: 0.36g/l
Total Acidity: 5.7g/l
Total So2: 106mg/l
Temperature: For serving:10ºC
Food Ideas: Prosciutto and melon, Grilled, sweet and sour king prawns on a bed of
Julienne vegetables, Spinach and goat´s cheese Ravioli sprinkled with sage; Chicken piri-piri
Bottles prod: 11.500 bottles.
Tasting Notes: Our purpose at the Adega do Cantor is to make wines that reflect the warmth, colour and diversity of our region; wines to partner fantastic cuisine. This wine, from selected blocks of Syrah and Aragonez vines, is batch fermented at very low temperatures in stainless steel. It is then filtered and bottled with minimal handling within six months of vintage.
Adega do Cantor - Sir Cliff Richard