Acidity, wet rocks and still a good mouth feel – that’s Dão for me and also what makes me thrilled when drinking wines from the region. In times when rosé wine seems to become more red than pinkish more fruit orientated that steely mineral, it is a relief some one sticks to the manual!
Quinta do Cerrado’s 2009 Cunha Martins Rosé does the job. On a sunny day we’re dining on the terrace and what better to pop than a rosé then? The pale salmon pink colour sends you to the southern parts of France and so far I’m happy not having to worry if this is a lightish red or a rosé.
Fine appetizing acidity, freshly crushed red berries, wet rocks and a floral touch. Some residual sweetness to it but it is most subtle (probably at 3-4 grams). Refreshing and no doubt – this is how I like my pink wine. Uncomplicated but doing the job when paired with a chicken salad. EUR 4,50 – in other words well spent money. Boy, i miss Modelo, Pingo Doce and Sá – the super markets in Portugal, or Madeira, which stood for one of the hardest everyday life decisions – which wine to drink!
Cunha Martins is a 100 % Tinta Roriz, or Tempranillo if you so prefer, where 90 % was fermented in Inox and the rest in new oak from Alliers.
(2009 Cunha Martins Dão Rosé, Quinta do Cerrado, 83 p)