Grape Varietals: Gouveia, Ravigato and Malvasia Fina
Growing Region: Douro Valley, Portugal
Head Winemaker: Jorge Moreira

In the summer of 2011 - I had one of the most memorable of visits to Quinta de la Rosa - whose reputation for excellent Port comes from a stunning location situated in the heart of the Alto Douro on the banks of the River Douro near Pinhão. Quinta de la Rosa produce small quantities of high quality Ports - and this White Aperitif Port is a first class aperitif wine. This white port was made in the traditional manner in their granite Lagares, the grapes are lightly trodden to give its distinctive golden colour.

 

Before the free run juice is fermented and then fortified with clear brandy, grape spirit to stop fermentation and retain the natural sugars. The white port is then stored in small wooden casks and matured in the cellars at la Rosa. This port has been lightly filtered with no fining and requires no decanting. This white port is made from traditional white port varieties, mainly Gouveia, Rabigato and Malvasia Fina.
A first class aperitif wine, this is a beautiful amber/honey colour. Involving and perfumed nose, dominated by the fresh and floral aromas. It shows excellent fruit on the palate, tropical fruits especially pineapple, but at the same time has a long dry finish, typical of the house style you find at La Rosa.
No decanting is required and it should be served slightly chilled between 8-10ºC.

Treat yourself to a Port-tonic this summer.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this season; and over the next 2-3 years.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with rich pates, fois gras, marinated olives, rich cheese and cold fruit desserts, enjoy.