Newly launched in 2017 & Consisting of a blend of Alvarinho (70%) & Pinot Noir (30%), the wine owes its persistence to Pinot Noir and its elegance to Alvarinho with a moderate alcohol content of 12.5%. This wine can be enjoyed as an excellent relaxing aperitif, as it is very much in line with the current trend of consuming wine by the glass. The Alvarinho produced in high-altitude vineyards, with its intense, fresh and mineral character, receives the addition of Pinot Noir, which is also grown in this region and brings a more aromatic and elegant element to the blend. This creates a wine which is aromatic and fresh at the same time, with a mineral character and intense flavour.
The Minho wine region, also known as the Vinho Verde region, is located in the northwest of Portugal. It is one of the country’s most well-known wine regions and is primarily known for producing Vinho Verde wines. The Minho region has a maritime climate, influenced by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is characterized by mild temperatures, high humidity, and frequent rainfall. These conditions are conducive to the growth of grapes and contribute to the region’s vibrant, green landscape.
Soalheiro Mineral Rosé blends not only two grape varietals, but also two unique terroirs in our region. The Alvarinho comes from high altitude plots in Monção and Melgaço, where they are sheltered from oceanic influences. The Pinot Noir is from vines located on the Atlantic area of the Minho region. The wine owes its striking minerality to granite soils, but also to the surprising way the Pinot Noir has adapted to the Atlantic influences, bringing an important freshness.
Pinot Noir is harvested in August, earlier than Alvarinho, which is harvested in September. Therefore, vinification of Soalheiro Mineral Rosé happens in three phases. The first is the pressing and fermentation of Pinot Noir. In this phase the grapes are pressed like white grapes, immediately after harvest. The second phase is the pressing and fermentation of Alvarinho grapes from high altitude vineyards. The third phase involves the blending of the fermented musts of the Pinot Noir and Alvarinho grapes. This creates a wine that is both aromatic and fresh, with mineral character and intense flavour. The blend matures in stainless steel for at least 6 months in contact with the lees.
Soalheiro Mineral Rosé makes an excellent aperitif, perfect to be consumed on its own by the glass. It pairs well with lighter dishes such as salads, fish, shellfish, or Asian and Mediterranean gastronomies. Certified vegan.
Ideal serving temperature – 8°C.