Our awarded Rosé wines selection from Portugal with a tasting note of 16-17/20 or 90-93/100 rating points ♦
Portugal Rosé wine has achieved good classifications and some awards. In 2010 the title of the best Rosé in the world went to a Portuguese brand.
Rosé wines are fruity in light and fresh flavour and clear and lively in colour, with shades that vary from orange to purple depending on the type of grape and fermentation.
Its distinctive flavour results from the balance between the light and soft characteristics from white wines and the fruit flavours from red wines.
Rosé wine in Portugal is made with red grapes and involves a combination of processes used in red and white wine-making.
The most used varieties in its production are: Tinta Roriz/Aragonês, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Amarela/Trincadeira, Castelão, Alfrocheiro, Água-Santa, Alicante Bouschet, Baga, Bastardo, Borraçal, Jaen, Moreto, Espadeiro, Moscatel Galego Roxo, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Miúda, Tinto Cão, Vinhão.
The Wineanorak's guide wine to Portugal gives us a clue in looking at Portugal’s wine regions, saying: it’s helpful to split the country mainland in two, by drawing a line about a third of the way down. This separates the northern regions of the Douro, Dão and Bairrada, and the central and southern regions of the Alentejo, Ribatejo and Estremadura. As a useful generalization, the future for the northern regions lies in focusing on high-quality, top-end ‘terroir’ wines, while the strength of the southern and central regions is their ability to produce accessible, full flavoured well succeeded wines and at affordable prices: new world-style wines with a Portuguese twist.
Choosing this wine you will obtain a Rosé wine with a tasting note of 16-17/20 or 90-93/100 points of one of this Portugal’s wine regions.
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Rosé wine in Portugal was long ago connoted with a “humble” wine a type of wine with a female profile due to its light, fruity, fresh characteristics, not matching with our rustic and rich Portuguese dishes.
Nonetheless in other countries, Portuguese Rosé wine, in particular Mateus Rosé was largely consumed by the immigrant communities, and other consumers in Brazil, in U.S. and England, the result of a strategy devised by Fernando Van Zeller, founder of Sogrape. A true entrepreneur and a man of immense charisma with campaigns featuring internationally renowned singers and actors, drinking Mateus Rosé garnered high levels of awareness for both the brand and Portugal, particularly in the post-war era. Mateus Rosé is one of the Portuguese brand wines more sold worldwide.
Another brand that contributed to this international Rosé wine renown was Lancers, by José Maria da Fonseca with great success.
Although light and unpretentious, Rosé wines are produced according to very strict methods, as indeed all other wines in Portugal in order to preserve their identity and quality.
Rosé wine today carries an image of elegance and charm and has found a firm place amongst Portuguese consumers, indoors or outdoors, especially during summer, either as an appetizer or accompanying light food. Rosé wine is ideal as an appetizer or a drink on its own during summer and goes extremely well with light meals that would not be best complemented by either a red or a white wine.
Also, for those starting in the wonderful world of wine, Rosé is a good option because it is not too complex and has easily recognizable aromas. When drinking Rosé, the consumer discovers a different approach to wine, easier access, symbolizing greater freedom, without all the constraints and traditional formalities.
With today’s change in eating habits and mentalities Rosé gain his brightness. The female role in enology has assumed greater importance, in expertise and consumption. Choosing a Rosé is not an easy task due to the existing offer of high quality and diversity.
There’s a difference between old-world rosé and new-world rose wines. Old-world rosé wines tend to be more fruity, elegant and bone-dry than new-world rosé wines.