Do you need to pay a lot for good wine? Quinta do Monte d’Orio will let you know (updated in January 2019)

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In today's article, I want to share my opinion about the question: Does one outstanding wine really cost that much?

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I warmly welcome all! A brief overview of the history of Portuguese wine including Portugal's prestige grapevine, the Touriga Nacional (updated in January 2019)

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It's a real pleasure to inform you that my site has just been improved and modernized. I hope that what I offer you and what I will write about from time-to-time will be helpful and enhance your knowledge of Portuguese wines. I want to share my passion for Portugal and its wines with you. For this reason, I will describe the wines and Portuguese grape varieties. I will show you how to pair it with food (i.e. wine pairing). I will share news from the Portuguese wine industry, introduce all my business partners from Portugal, including their wineries, and inform you of interesting events. All of this will help you to choose and enjoy my Portuguese wines, which are best when shared with family and friends in the celebration of life. I'm confident that these extraordinary wines from remarkable wineries will exceed your expectations!

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MANZWINE ROSÉ 2015

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Grape variety – 100% Castelão (single grape)

Vintage – 2015

Region – Lisbon

Denomination – IG Lisboa

Type of soil – clay-limestone

Tasting notes − with a delicate pink colour and a complex scent that resembles the weakest and tasty red fruits such as raspberries and wild strawberries, Manz Rosé is made with Castelão grapes. It’s equilibrated with a smooth and sweet butterine and a firm, fresh finish

Winemaking − pre-fermentation maceration, in an inert environment and at a controlled temp. of 12ºC. After extraction, the must tear is subject to a static clarification process. The fermentation process takes place in stainless steel tanks, with a controlled temp between 14ºC and 16ºC. Fermentation takes place after 4 months of maturation in stainless steel tanks, under conditions that enhance the preservation of aromas

Ageing – in stainless steel

Alcohol – 12,5%

Wine pairing − ideal as an appetizer, sushi, shellfish, fish, salads and also ideal for pasta

Quote – “Made from 100% Castelão grapes which are dedicated to rosé production, this is an accomplished fruity but dry rosé with creamy, ripe red berry fruit and very attractive, well integrated fresh, persistent, mineral acidity” (SARAH AHMED, The Wine Detective. The inside track on Portuguese and Australian wine) [about vintage of 2013]

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PAVÃO DE ESPIRRA ROSÉ 2016

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Grape variety – 100% Castelão (single grape)

Vintage – 2016

Region – Península de Setúbal

Denomination – Península de Setúbal

Type of soil – sandy

Tasting notes − rose colour, intense berry aroma. Balanced flavour, youthful and fresh with good acidity

Winemaking − the grapes fermented in stainless still vats at a controlled temperature of 14°C

Ageing – in stainless steel

Alcohol – 13%

Total acidity – 5,4 g/l

pH – 3,44

Wine pairing – excellent as appetitive; goes well with salads, pizzas, seafood, clams, and prawns

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