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Nortico Rosé is produced on the south bank of the Minho river in plots so small they are called "jardins", or gardens. Soils here are granite and schist, and though it sees a lot of rainfall (up to 2,000mm, annually) the inland area is warmer than the coast, allowing for perfect maturation and balance in the fruit. Historically, this area has been best known for reds, producing light aromatic reds locally called Palhete. This Rosé evokes that style. In the words of Rui Abecassis, founder of Obrigado, “Nortico Alvarinho is one of those projects that has been in the making for quite some time. It started in my family's small tile atelier, where I learned to love tiles. The traditional ceramic tile atelier was more a labor of passion and tenacity than business, as it always seemed to be on the brink of bankruptcy! To this day, tiles are produced exactly like in the 18th century, each 14 x 14 cm tile shaped from scratch and painted by hand. Walking the streets of Oporto or Lisboa you may encounter tiles on both modest and important buildings, in churches, hospitals, and stores, in private houses and public gardens. Tiles are a durable building material, and an early form of storytelling and graphic design. We wanted the Nortico label to evoke those tiles to capture that spirit and Portuguese aesthetics.”
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?
Extraordinarily fresh, light colored rosé. Nortico grapes are farmed on the south banks of the river Minho in tiny plots on the northern border with the Spain-Galicia province. Nortico has no added CO2, but its bright acidity gives the illusion of petillance on the palate.
20% Vinhao, 40% Alvarelhao, 40% Pedral. Sustainably grown vines planted from 1970 to 1980 in schist and granite soil at 200 to 300 m (656-984 ft.) elevation
Nortico Rosé is dangerously easy to drink on its own, but complements all manner of shellfish, seafood, and simple cheese dishes.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING:
Grapes are selected at the winery. Whole clusters are pressed lightly (0.3Bar) and the juice ferments at 12 celsius for up to 36 hours. Primary filtration and cold stabilization. 4 months on stainless steel, filtration prior to bottling in February.
2,000 cases (12 pack)
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:
Nortico vineyards are located in Zone 1, on the southern banks of the Minho River. The vines are tended in schist and granite at 200-300 m (656-984 ft) elevation. Temperature from April to October average 61 F.
40% Alvarelhao, 40% Pedral, 20% Vinhao. Alvarelhao and Pedral contribute freshness and complexity and Vinhao brings volume and weight. On the nose, bright red berry and watermelon fruit are complemented by saline minerality. On the palate, light, fresh and delicate, with mouthwatering red fruit and refreshing acidity.