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Posted by nelson on August 10, 2017

Two rosés at opposite ends of the spectrum

The rosé revolution continues apace and as we see more and more space on supermarket shelves going pink, we are also starting to see a few producers here in Portugal bucking the trend of the Provence style salmon pink wines that are so in mode these days.

I happened to pick up these two rosés that are both new to me this week – Quinta Nova Rosé Reserva costing close to €20 and Paulo Laureano’s Inventum at around €10 euros (from Apolónia and Intermarché, respectively). Both wines were launched with the 2015 vintage and the 2016s are currently on the market.

When it comes to colour, Quinta Nova Reserva is probably the palest Portuguese rosé out there and Paulo Laureano’s Inventum is, without a doubt, the darkest; for all intents and purpose a light red wine rather than a rosé.

Starting with Quinta Nova Reserva, this is a top quality wine that hits considerably higher than its price tag, comparing favourably with some of the premium Provence rosés I have tried costing upwards of €40. It is oaked but very skilfully so, fermented initially in steel for 22 days with final fermentation and ageing for six months in 20% new French oak, 60% second year French oak and 20% second year Hungarian oak.

Quinta Nova is one of the great Port wine producers and this rosé is made from old vine grapes of two of the most important Port varieties; Tinta Roriz and Tinta Francisca. This is anything but a rosé for quaffing by the pool but rather a serious food wine. On the nose there is a slight smokiness mingling with spices and cherry, elegant and structured in the mouth with layers of fresh fruit flavours and a very long finish. A truly impressive wine.

Paulo Laureano’s Inventum Rosé (or should we say light red) is a more versatile wine, pure and fresh on the nose with intense red fruit and plum notes from the Aragonez and Touriga nacional grapes. Vibrant and fruity in the mouth with soft tannins and a clean finish, an ideal BBQ wine.

By Patrick Stuart

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