Folias de Baco / UIVO / Pt Nat Rosé / 750mL
This is likely to be the most unusual Rosé you will find in all of Portugal. It comes from the Douro - the hot sun baked dusty terraced vineyards of fortified Port country in the northeast corner of the country. In the Douro wines are usually deep, dark and broodingly powerful. Yet somehow, the visionary young winemaker Tiago Sampaio has decided he can produce a sparkling wine that mimics great Champagne! Call him crazy - but this wine is a stunning stand-in for a picnic champagne at half the price; and it will keep you coming back for more. Fully Organic. No dosage which means this is nice and dry in the mouth.
Tiago Sampaio is the innovative young winemaker of Folias de Baco, a project started in 2007 that one could say was spearheaded in his childhood piggybacking on his grandfather through the farms and vineyards, always curious and plucky, willing to experiment at every step of the way. It was this incurable fascination that led him into agricultural studies at Santo Tirso and then five years of university in Vila Real, but it wasn’t until completing an agricultural engineering course that opened the doorway for his PhD studies in Oregon for Viticulture and Enology. It was here that Tiago picked up on modern philosophies and aesthetics of winemaking, while never forgetting his roots in the Douro and returning to create his estate that has garnered much attention since.