2021 Macanita Touriga Nacional Em Rosé, Douro Valley, Portugal
100% Touriga Naçional
Joana Maçanita is a dynamo. Her energy, intense focus and passion for every facet of life are infectious—and nowhere is this more apparent than in the wines she makes. Her dedication to her craft is eclipsed only by her talent, and her project in the Douro Valley is a perfect showcase for her full-speed-ahead, accept-no-substitutes style. Working with her brother Antonio, Joana sources from old vineyards spread across the three subzones of the Douro Valley. In search of freshness and minerality above all else, Joana uses classic Douro grape varieties, sourced from plots planted at high altitudes. The wines that result are balanced, elegant, and a transparent expression of true Douro terroir.
Maçanita’s Touriga Nacional em Rose is an exuberant, juicy glass of summertime, crafted from the “Queen of Portuguese grapes,” Touriga Nacional. Most often made into ripe, rich reds, it shows off a different side in rosé form. The Touriga expresses its floral and mineral personality in refreshing fashion. Minimal maceration and careful, slow cold fermentation yield a wine which is classic Touriga, yet completely new.
Saturated rose-pink. On the nose, fresh crushed strawberries, bing cherries and cherry blossom aromas leap from the glass. On the palate, juicy and fresh, with beautiful texture and balance. Sour and Bing cherry, fresh and macerated strawberries, and a touch of white pepper spice all in abundance.