Enoport United Wines has nearly 20 different brands under its Portuguese umbrella. The name Faisão is derived from the word for a pheasant that was brought from Asia to Portugal in the middle ages. The bird's brightly colored plumage references the hue in the bottle of the 2018 Enoport Faisão Rosé.
Winemaker Nuno Faria blended Espadeiro, Borraçal and Padeiro grapes to make this fizzy, pink wine. I don’t think I have ever had any of those grapes before. The grapes were completely destemmed before being crushed, which keeps the focus on the fruit and minimizes herbal notes. Alcohol is quite low at just 10.5% abv, and the price is close to rock bottom as well, at less than $10.
This wine pours up salmon pink and fizzy in the glass. The bubbles dissipate quickly, but they are surprising and fun. Aromas of a wet driveway hit the nose first, a sure sign of minerality. There are fruity raspberry and cherry notes as well as a whiff of flowers. On the palate, raspberry and cherry flavors dominate, with a touch of lime. The acidity is surprisingly low, but the wine sure is tasty.