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Quinta de la Rosa Branco

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Quinta de la Rosa is one of the top notch producers in Portugal, and this sassy little white is a light, and bright little number made from native grapes. Smells of grapefruit, honeysuckle florals and herbs decorate the nose, with just a slight whiff of nuttiness. The palate is rich and nicely rounded, thanks to a touch of subtle oak, with citrus flavours, frisky acidity, and a smooth finish. Roast chicken would be good with this one.

Winemaker's Notes

Grapes from old vines local to the region and often used for making into white port – 35% Viosinho, 35% Rabigato with the rest being mixed varieties such as Gouveio and Códega do Larinho among others.

The terroir in the Douro is still largely unexplored and by making wines with balance, harmony and equilibrium from our vineyards, we try to enable the grapes to express themselves in the bottle. The La Rosa style is to make well defined wines without too much extraction, tannin or oak and with good freshness and minerality.

2011 has produced beautiful, delicate white wines with balance and equilibrium. Like most years, the La Rosa white has good natural acidity and freshness. The 2011 is particularly complex, intense and expressive. The oak ageing gives the wine generosity and richness on the palate whilst its wonderful minerality gives it a further level of seriousness and depth.

An ideal wine to accompany summer meals such as fish, salads and pasta or to drink it alone as an aperitif.

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