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NV São João Rosé Brut NV 750ml

NV São João Rosé Brut NV

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Touriga Nacional gives intense rose petal aromas and Baga a bright red fruit character. Cabernet lends depth and herbal notes. Floral tones and red berry fruit lift the nose. On the palate, delicate and persistent bead makes for a silky, rich texture. Bright strawberry and red raspberry on the mid palate, complemented by mineral, white pepper and more floral tones. Racy acidity cuts a beam through the middle, making for a food-friendly sparkler. -Patrick Mata

Producer: Caves Sao Joao

Price: $21.99
Sale Price: $19.99

Availability: 17

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Varietal: Red Blend
Includes red wines where there is either no predominant variety or the blend is proprietary.

Country: Portugal
Portugal is a relatively small but diverse wine producing nation. Apart from supplying most of the world’s cork, it also makes two of the world’s most popular fortified wines, Port and Madeira. With a wealth of indigenous varieties, varied geography and modern wine producing technology, Portugal is now exporting a selection of unique and interesting quality table wines. Climates have a big impact on the style of wine. Regions within a stone’s throw of the coast are heavily influenced by the moderating effects of the Atlantic Ocean, whereas slightly further inland, temperatures rise considerably and precipitation drops dramatically. Even between neighboring regions these differences have a big impact on the styles of wine made. The difference between the coastal region of Minho (responsible for light, spritzy, Vinho Verde) and the wines of the Douro (home of Port) is a case in point. Southern Portuguese regions such as the Alentejo are showing promise with native varietals, Castelão, and Trincadeira, and white skinned grapes such as Arinto.

Region: Beira Atlântico
The Bairrada DO is included within the region which currently bears the designation Beira Atlântico, and the areas under the DO Bairrada formed part of the more extensive viticultural region already mentioned which was known as IG Beiras. Wine production in the region dates back to Roman times, as evidenced by the wide variety of wine presses hewn out of the granite rock (anthropomorphic wine presses) where wine was produced during this period. Documented evidence of wine production dating to the 10th and 11th century has been discovered. The tradition of these wines dates back to the reign of D. Afonso Henrique, who authorised the planting of vineyards in the region on condition that he received one quarter of the wine they produced. As early as during the reigns of D. João I and D. João III, measures were taken to protect the wines from this area of the country, given their excellent quality and social and economic importance. Extending from the Minho to the Alta Estremadura, it is a region of predominantly intensive agriculture, with a variety of crops grown on small parcels of land, where the vine occupies pride of place and the quality of its wines justifies the recognition that DOC “Bairrada” bestows upon them. The officially approved certification authority for vitivinicultural products entitled to bear the designations of DO Bairrada and IG Beira Atlântico is the Comissão Vitivinícola da Bairrada (Bairrada Vitivinicultural Commission), abbreviated to CVB. The soils come from various geological eras, but are predominantly poor. They are primarily divided between calcareous clay terrain and long sandy bands, constituting a wide variety of soil types, depending on which element is predominant. Vines are cultivated mainly in clay or calcareous clay soils. The winters are long and cool, the summers hot, tempered by the winds from the east and north-east dominant in those regions closer to the sea. The climate is a Mediterranean-Atlantic one, with an annual rainfall of between 900 mm and 1,100 mm. For the most part, the region is flat, with vineyards seldom situated at altitudes higher than 120 metres. Given its flatness and proximity to the ocean, it enjoys a temperate climate with an extremely strong Atlantic influence, with frequent rains and mild average temperatures. Forming of a strip along the coast with a high population density, rural property is divided into thousands of small parcels, with the average area of vine cultivation rarely exceeding one hectare of vines, thus favouring the presence of large cooperative cellars and large winemaking companies as well as a number of producer-bottlers who are a credit to the region. The viticultural land of the Beiras region used to cover an extensive area, and used to produce around 13% of the volume of all wines produced in Portugal. The official borders of the Bairrada were established in 1867 by António Augusto de Aguiar, and it was one of the first regions in Portugal to adopt and develop sparkling wines, given that the region’s cool, humid climate with its strong maritime influence favours its production, yielding grapes with a low alcohol but high acid content, both essential factors in the making of sparkling wine.


Type: Sparkling
Sparkling wine is a wine with high levels of carbon dioxide in it making it bubble. The carbon dioxide is a result of natural fermentation, either in a bottle or a specially designed tank, or as a result of carbon dioxide injection. Sparkling wine is usually white or rosé but there are many examples of red sparkling wines. The sweetness of sparkling wine can range from very dry "brut" styles to sweeter "doux" varieties. When one thinks of sparkling wine they usually think of Champagne, but this wine is exclusively produced in the Champagne region of France and many sparkling wines are produced in other countries and regions. Most countries reserve the word Champagne for a specific type from the Champagne region of France. The French terms "Mousseux" or "Crémant" are used to refer to sparkling wine not made in the Champagne region. German and Austrian sparkling wines are called Sekt. The United States is a significant producer of sparkling wine with producers in numerous states. Recently the United Kingdom, which produced some of the earliest examples of sparkling wine, has started producing sparkling wines again.