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Qta de La Rosa White Reserve
RESERVE WHITE WINE 2016
91 points Wine Advocate September 2017
Grapes from old vines local to the region and often used for making into white port – Viosinho (60%) and old vineyards (40%) mainly Rabigato, Códega do Larinho and Gouveio.
An ideal wine to accompany summer meals such as fish, salads and pasta or to drink it alone as an aperitif. La Rosa whites can age well, ‘like a white burgundy’ as Jancis Robinson said in the Financial Times.
The terroir in the Douro is still largely unexplored and by making wines with 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. Wines that are rich and full bodied whilst being fresh and lively with a good acidity and minerality.
On the nose, great complexity with white fruit and herbal notes, mineral, phosphorous and graphite undertones. Very rich on the palate, captivating with a good mouth feel and full of flavour. The wine has plenty of character with good acidity that is round & soft making the wine easy to drink. It can easily aged for a few years.
Like most of Europe, we had a very wet, cool spring and early summer. The water table was replenished and plenty of terrace walls fell down (some onto the road to Pinhão). Flowering was delayed and we had to keep on top of any possible attacks of mildew. A wet start of the year was followed by a hot, dry summer. There was little wind, unusual for us as normally the wind gets up in the afternoons. No thunderstorms and no rain until 12/13th September. The vineyard held up surprisingly well helped by the rain in the spring. Only the younger vines with less well developed root systems suffered more.
The cooler, wetter spring meant that everything was delayed by at least two weeks so that we only started picking in earnest on Wednesday 21st September with the Touriga Nacional from Vinha Grande and the whites. Warm days (25C) but cool nights made ideal vintaging conditions. Jorge had to be careful where to pick as there was some uneven ripening in the vineyard. Being small and focused we were able to pick section by section.
QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENT
We practice a sustainable agricultural regime being part of ADVID & SATIVA. We don’t use genetically modified organisms nor do we use animal products so vegetarians can drin our wines. We recycle where possible and are HACCP & BRC rated.
MATURATION AND BOTTLING
La Rosa white wine was partially fermented and matured in barrels (50%) and the rest in stainless steel tanks before being bottled in June 2017. The wine is available in both 75cl and 37.5cl format.