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Rosé Port

Rosé Port, also known as Pink Port, is an innovative and relatively recent addition to the world of fortified wines, representing a modern twist on the traditional Port wine that has long been synonymous with the Douro Valley of Portugal. Introduced in the 21st century, rosé Port offers a lighter, more refreshing alternative to the classic styles of Port, while still maintaining the rich heritage and quality of this renowned wine region.

Unlike traditional red or white Port, rosé Port is made with red grape varieties but undergoes a very brief period of maceration with the grape skins. This limited contact time imparts a beautiful pink hue and ensures that the wine retains some of the fresh, fruity characteristics of the grapes, while not extracting the full tannins and deep colours typical of standard Port wines. The grapes used in rosé Port are often those commonly found in red Port blends, such as Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, and Tinta Roriz.

The flavour profile of rosé Port is distinct and vibrant, marked by fresh berry and floral notes, with a subtle sweetness and a light, crisp finish. It often exhibits flavours of raspberry, strawberry, and cherry, combined with hints of honey and grapefruit, making it a delightful and approachable drink. The alcohol content of rosé Port, like other Port styles, is higher than unfortified wines due to the addition of grape spirit, which stops the fermentation process and preserves some of the natural sugars of the grapes.

Rosé Port is typically served chilled and is an excellent aperitif or summertime drink. Its versatility also makes it a popular ingredient in cocktails, adding a touch of elegance and a unique flavour profile that can elevate classic recipes or inspire new creations. In terms of food pairings, rosé Port is exceptionally compatible with a variety of dishes, including light appetisers, seafood, and even some desserts, particularly those featuring fresh fruits.

The production of Rosé Port symbolises the Port industry's responsiveness to evolving consumer tastes and trends. While it respects the traditional methods of Port wine production, it also embraces innovation, offering a more contemporary and less formal approach to enjoying Port. This style of Port appeals particularly to those new to fortified wines, as well as to connoisseurs looking for something different.

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