J. Maria da Fonseca - Domingos Soares Franco Colecção privada Moscatel Roxo Rosé 2011
Tasted March 2012 Grapes - 100% Moscatel Roxo
Appearance - clear and bright, very light pink in colour. Low level of tears and a broad watery rim.
Nose - clean, youthful, medium plus intensity aromas resembling very fresh and light red fruits, mainly raspberry, a ripe grapey note and a floral undertone similar to rose petals.
Palate - it is a bone dry rose, full of refreshing acidity with a medium plus level, a light body and medium minus delicate alcohol level. Again red fruits dominated the palate with medium intensity, showing sweet strawberries, some raspberries, a fresh lychee fruit hint, floral notes and the grapey character just on the background giving way to a pleasing medium length.
Conclusions (15,5/20) Showing good quality, 10 steps ahead of most Portuguese rosé wines, serious without being complicated, very fresh and lively with an elegant profile in terms of aromatics and structure. A fluid texture, super clean, balanced and delicate. Very freshly perfumed, this wine is perfect to drink as an aperitif, but has sufficient arguments to match well with sea food, salads and delicate fish dishes like sushi and sashimi. Drink now, not intended for ageing, although it will keep fresh until next years Summer.