Fresh, striking and vibrant are the words that best define the rosé of Herdade da Malhadinha 2021.
We already know, of course, that the contents of a bottle will always be the most important when we buy a wine, but if we add to that the beauty of a bottle and an appealing label, the acquisition becomes even more exciting.
Contrary to what happened in the past, Portugal today can already be proud of the image of its wines, being some bottles and labels true works of art. This is what happens with this rosé of Malhadinha that came to me, with a very 'clean' label, an image and relief texture of great taste, and still inserted in a transparent embroidery bottle very elegant, with the background well marked and worked. The real temptation for those who are skilled to do manual labor, because it gave a beautiful lamp!
But let's go to the wine, which is what matters. This rosé is born from the best grapes of the Touriga Nacional, Tinta Miúda and Baga varieties, and the harvest was carried out manually in the early hours of the day for boxes of 12Kg (thus avoiding the crushing of those below). After selection and sorting on the carpet of choice, the grapes were unfunny and gently pressed. After fermentation, it aged 7 months in French oak barrels used in the presence of fine lees. The result was one of the most elegant rosés I've tasted this year. Its color is a very soft pink, following the trend of all the current good rosés produced today in the world. In the aroma evidences notes of red fruit, some floral and mineral. In the mouth has a striking structure, feeling the barrica almost imperceptible and very well integrated. It is fresh, vibrant, crispy, and with a very interesting finish.
The quality achieved in Herdade da Malhadinha is no longer new but can always surprise by the huge desire to want to always do better, something that the Soares family has always demonstrated over the years. Its 80 hectares of vineyards are inserted in soft slopes, in a shale and drained soil, respecting and integrating into the ecosystem and existing biodiversity. The five dams scattered on the property are used for rainwater accumulation, weather stations allow you to monitor the correct growth of plants and moisture probes help manage the level of water stress in order to maximize its quality. The biological corridors, strategically planted, allow to attract a greater diversity of fauna that helps to fight the enemies of the vineyard, avoiding the use of artificial treatments. In the constant dialogue with nature and the environment, Malhadinha also bet on MicroBioWine, a unique and innovative project that studies the impact of innovation on wine processes in microbial consortia and its importance in the production of differentiated wines.
It is all these steps taken in obtaining better and better wines that makes Malhadinha one of the best producers at the national level.