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Pink Elephant Rose 2012

Country
Portugal
Region
Lisboa
Producer
DFJ Vinhos
Type
Rose
Style
Fruity
Oaked Style
Unoaked
Body Style
Medium bodied
Dry / Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content (%)
12
Closure Style
Cork
Organic / Biodynamic
Normal

Region

The Vinho Regional Lisboa (previously known as Estremadura) extends north and west of Lisbon, following the rugged Atlantic coastline.The windswept rolling landscape is dotted with old windmills and modern wind turbines overseeing vineyards and pine forest. It is Portugal`s third largest wine producing region in volume terms, but arguably the source of the country`s best value table wines. Most of the region enjoys a maritime climate that allows production of fresh whites and balanced red wines. The last ten years have seen a surge of ambitious small growers making far more interesting wines across a wide selection of grape varietals.

Producer

The dominant figure in Estremadura, where the IGP Lisboa wines are produced, is winemaker José Neiva, of DFJ Vinhos. At his imposing `wine cathedral` he makes a broad range of overtly appealing red wines characterised by their ripe, accessible fruit, lush textures and good concentration, and clean citrusy whites, all at very reasonable prices. Neiva is quite open about the interventionist winemaking techniques that he uses to wring every drop of flavour from his grapes resulting in a very modern fruit lead style that highlights the natural flavours of a myriad of native varieties.

Tasting (Long)

Intense fruity aromas, mouthwatering juiciness, crisp fresh flavours of strawberry and raspberry fruit. Approximately 25% each of Alfrocheiro, Castelao, Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are used in this blend which matches particularly well with spicy foods.

Tasting (Short)

Intense fruity aromas, mouthwatering juiciness, crisp fresh flavours of strawberry and raspberry fruit.

Food

Spicy foods such as Peri-Peri Chicken or Thai red curry.

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