Extraordinarily fresh, light colored Rose. Nortico grapes are farmed on the south banks of the river Minho in tiny plots on the northern border with SpainÃ¢â¬â¢s 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. Vines planted from 1970-1980 in granite and alluvial soil at 200-300 m (656-984ft) elevation
Nortico Rose is dangerously easy to drink on its own, but complements all manner of shellfish, seafood, and simple cheese dishes.
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.
Nortico vineyards are located in Zone 1, on the southern banks of the Minho River. The vines are tended in schist and granite at 695m above sea level. Temperature from April to October average 61F.
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.