Soalheiro Espumante Bruto Rosé, a sparkling wine from Monção e Melgaço, Portugal.

Soalheiro Espumante Bruto Rosé

Sparkling Wine
Portugal | Region: Monção e Melgaço
Vintage: | Grape: Alvarinho & Touriga Nacional
Volume: 75cl | ABV: 12.5%
Food Pairing: Perfect as an aperitif.

Soalheiro Espumante Bruto Rosé

The grapes, Touriga Nacional (red grape) and Alvarinho (white grape), used in the Soalheiro are produced in vineyards that promote a balance between sugars and acids perfect for making sparkling wine. Both the Alvarinho and Touriga Nacional grapes come from vineyards on granitic soils between 100 and 200 metres above sea level and located in a very particular microclimate. Melgaço region, the northern point of Portugal, is protected by a range of mountains that create the perfect conditions of rainfall, temperature and number of hours of sunshine required for a slow and balanced maturation for making sparkling with good quality. 

Tasting Notes

Salmon pink colour with fine and persistent bubbles. Aromas and taste are elegant and delicate with red fruit and brioche standing out. The flavour is persistent and very long with a beautiful complexity.

Grape variety: Alvarinho & Touriga Nacional.

Vinification: The making of a sparkling from Alvarinho and Touriga Nacional requires careful selection of grapes. The resulting must from this selection ferments with controlled temperature, yielding the base wine for sparkling. This wine undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle. The stage in the cellar, with low and constant temperature for several months, allows this sparkling to show all the elegance of Alvarinho and the structure of Touriga Nacional. Once this phase of fermentation and ageing is complete, the process of disgorging is started, an operation that allows the elimination of existing yeast in the bottle and the replacement of the provisional metal stopper for the typical sparkling cork.

Best served with: Very versatile with a wide range of cuisine. It is ideal as an aperitif or to accompany roast cooking meal.