‘Vinha Grande’ Douro Rosé 2019, Casa Ferreirinha
Portugal / Tras-as-Montes
Andy's Tasting Notes
Beautifully poised and elegant rosé produced from specific high altitude vineyards chosen for their excellent exposure, which produces a delicate, dry yet expressive rosé with hints of blackberry, citrus and peach. This is top class.
The Touriga Nacional is sourced from the Quinta do Sairrão estate, 500m above sea level in the Cima Corgo region. The mountainous vineyards here have schist soils with vines planted either in vertical rows or on traditional “patamares” (terraces). The selected plots are ideal for optimal maturation thanks to the hot days and cool evenings bringing out the fresh fruit character of the grapes.
A cold and dry winter was followed by an extremely wet spring, that helped replenish the water reserves in the soil, but also affected flowering and contributed to incidences of disease on the vine, which led to a reduced yield. Despite the dry and warm summer, the humidity in the soil led to a long and balanced ripening. The resulting wines were of excellent quality.
Price per bottle £13.35
9 in stock
This historic producer, founded in 1952, is named after the legendary Porto matriarch Dona Antónia Ferreira. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Ferreirinha’ by her countrymen, the house pays homage to her memory and was the first house in the region dedicated to making light wines. The winemaking is headed up by Luís Sottomayor, who restrains the Douro’s natural exuberance to produce wines that have a freshness, like Esteva and Papa Figos, allied to a lovely depth and texture, as with Vinha Grande Tinto and Quinta da Leda.
Food matchAll al fresco fayre