“This Moscatel Wine has flavors that are reminiscent of the Moscatels from Setubal. It’s a rich wine that shows a hint of the spirit element, but the ripe flavors of toffee and raisin ice cream are more prominent. Drink now.” 88 pts – Roger Voss 21112012
“Feito com Touriga Nacional e Gewürztraminer, a dar um tom de violetas e rosas ao aroma, com notas de mel, líchias e morangos. Redondo e encorpado, com vigor e maciez, boa frescura ácida, um rosé sui géneris.”
15 pts – Revista de Vinhos 12/1/2013
Portuguese Rosé Wine – Made with Touriga Nacional and Gewürztraminer, give a roses and violet shade of to the aroma, with notes of honey, lychees and strawberries. Round and full-bodied, with vigor and softness, good acid freshness, one rosé wine sui generis
15 pts – Wine Magazine 12/1/2013
In one hot summer day, we open one bottle of this fantastic portuguese rosé wine, which had been pre-cooled and our lunch was tapas, the small portions of Iberian snacks. Near a swimming pool with this fantastic wine and tapas, it was a true wonder and a time well spent with friends.
About the Grapes (Portuguese grapes):
Touriga Nacional is a dark-skinned grape variety that is currently very fashionable and is widely believed to produce the finest red wines of Portugal. Extensively planted in the Portugal’s northern Dao and Douro wine regions, the variety is a key ingredient in both dry red wines and the fortified wines of Oporto (Port).
In many ways, Touriga Nacional is Portugal’s answer to France’s Cabernet Sauvignon. Both varieties display bold dark-fruit flavors, often with hints of spice, leather and violet. Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Touriga Nacional has firm tannins, is expressive as a varietal wine and shows great aging potential. As a blend, though, it really comes into its own, which is fortunate in Portugal where blends are de rigueur.
In Tejo: As Portugal’s most well-known grape variety, it has made a nice home for itself in the Tejo region. Producing wines with high tannins, full body and flavors like dark berries, plums and purple flowers, the grape thrives in southern Portugal’s warm climate.
Gewürztraminer is a pink-skinned grape variety that produces some of the most distinctively aromatic wines in the world, in an intense style that polarizes people. Ardent fans of Gewürztraminer adore its highly perfumed scents and slightly spicy flavors, while its detractors lament its lack of acid and obvious fruit tones. Few, however, would deny Gewürztraminer’s presence on the olfactory radar.
Literally translated, Gewürztraminer means “spiced Traminer” (Traminer Aromatico in Italian), in reference to the grape’s heritage as a mutation of the Traminer family of grapes. Up until 1870 Gewurztraminer was simply known as Traminer in Alsace, and even until the 1970s both Traminer and Gewurztraminer were used to describe the same grapes. Winemakers of this time can easily be forgiven though, for the Traminer family is notorious for its genetic instability.
The best examples of Gewürztraminer are generally regarded as being from the Grand Cru vineyards of Alsace. It could even be argued that Alsace is the spiritual home of Gewürztraminer, despite the fact that it is not its ancestral home and Gewürztraminer accounts for less than one-fifth of vineyard area in the region.
The primary aromatic descriptors used to define Gewürztraminer are typically lychee, rose petal, Turkish delight and perfume. On the palate it is marked by its full texture, low acidity, stone fruit (mango, peach and apricot) and spicy (ginger and cinnamon) flavors.