Maria do Carmo Sparkling Wine
Touriga Nacional sparkling rosé has revealed so much vitality and personality that we decided to honor it with the name Maria do Carmo, Quinta do Gradil’s heiress, who during the 19th century indelibly marked the history of this property and region. Dona Maria do Carmo Romeiro da Fonseca was born in Sanguinhal in 1829 in the bosom of a family intimately connected to the region and to both the production and
commercialization of wine. At 20 years of age, due to the death of her mother, she inherited Quinta do Gradil, property which she knew how to expand and develop over time. 1854 is now a year of reference on the history of this house as it marks the passage of its name from “Casal” to “Quinta”.
Vera Moreira & António Ventura.
Soils of frank to clay texture of brown and red limestones.
At the begin of september, the grapes are manually and selectively harvested. Slight cold skin maceration in the pneumatic press before fermentation. It sits for 18 days at 16ºC . After fermentation, it was submitted to batonnage for 30 days. The sparkling process is applied using the champenoiese process.
Elaborated with the classic method, with a salmon-pink colored Touriga Nacional base, it displays thin and persistent bubbles in harmony with the elegant bouquet. Once inside the mouth it reveals freshness and creaminess, minerality and persistency.