With a century of expertise, Casa Ermelinda Freitas is one of Portugal’s most iconic estates. And Rocksand will show you why. It hails from the sandy Fernando Pó vineyard, where hot days ripen grapes to perfection and cool nights and coastal breezes help retain freshness. Aged for four months in French and American oak barrels and presented in a traditional, stout bottle, Rocksand won two top gold medals. Gilbert & Gaillard judges raved, “Expressive nose intermixing redcurrant, cherry, fine spices, and violet with subtle oak influence. Heady, powerful, lively palate with soft tannins and joyful aromas framed by welcome freshness."
In recent years, Portugal’s previously little-known, boutique estates have modernized – and their world-class wines are starting to catch the attention of critics like Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer: “Portugal is now gushing with stunning wines – and yes, stunning deals. ... Portugal very likely now offers some of the greatest wine values on the market today.”
Casa Ermelinda Freitas was founded by Deonilde Freitas in 1920. Today, it has grown to 120 hectares and produces some of Portugal’s finest wines. Proprietor Leonor Freitas (left) works tirelessly to ensure that each bottle meets her rigorous quality standards. In fact, the Portuguese government awarded Leonor the title of Comendadora (aka ‘knighthood’) for her service to the wine industry.
Fans of smooth, full-bodied reds will enjoy sipping Rocksand all on its own. But if you’re ready for a meal, we have some suggestions. This rich red will shine with pork, from local chouriço (sausage) to bacon-wrapped tenderloin. It’ll be equally delicious with beef or lamb dishes. For a tasty vegetarian match, try feijoada (a bean soup) or hearty casseroles.
- Aroma: Ripe cherry and currant, plus hints of violet and toasty spice.
- Taste: More vibrant dark fruit and spice flavors. Velvety tannins frame the persistent finish.
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