Palhette is an intriguing ‘field blend’ rosé, following the medieval tradition of vinifying red and white grapes together to produce this wine of unique colour and beauty. One of a kind.
Whats the Occasion
Salmon, Chicken (baked or grilled), Paella Valenciana
Open and Drink
10 - 12°C
- Red Fruit
When you smell Phaunus Palhete, you start your journey by the joyfulness of tart cherry, pomegranate, and cranberries harmoniously balanced by hints of fresh cut grass and the warmth of dried herbs and rose petals.
- Soft Tannins
When you taste Phaunus Palhete, you will be dazzled by the duality of the wines’ light body and soft tannins, resulting from the long maceration of both the red and white grapes. The fruit gives way on the palate to a sapid finish that happily invites another sip.
The Aphros vineyards are situated in northern Portugal, in the historic Minho province. This region is the birthplace of the famous Portuguese Vinho Verde, or “green” wine. Its proximity to the Atlantic ocean and temperate climate make the area green in its own right, as the heavy rainfall and low insolation come together to create a lush, damp, verdant countryside. This environment lends itself perfectly to the maturation of the grapes that make up the renowned crisp, fresh, effervescent wines of the Vinho Verde appellation.
Vines in the forests
The pioneering Aphros winery sits on the valley of the Limia river, which adds an extra level of moisture to the granitic soils of the vineyards. The plot covers around twenty hectares in total, of which six are taken up with vines, four with chestnut trees, and the rest a vibrant sprawl of abundant forests. Acacias, oaks, and eucalyptus give shelter to the local wildlife, maintaining the vast biodiversity that is the essence of Aphros Wines. The vineyards are planted with the Loureiro, Arinto, Vinhão, and Alvarelhão varieties, are farmed based on biodynamic principles, and produce about 400 hectolitres of wine per year.
A harmony of red and white grapes
Chemical pesticides are avoided on the estate, where the vines are treated with a mixture of natural plant and vegetable extracts, and essential oils. “Palhete” refers to the old tradition of co-planting and fermenting red and white grapes together. All of the cellar processes follow the lunar calendar, remaining in harmony with the natural rhythms of the planet. Phaunus Palhete is fermented spontaneously in old 1300lt clay amphorae lined with beeswax where it macerates for seven months before bottling. Only 3,333 bottles were made.
The Brains Behind It
Vasco Croft is a jack of all trades. He started as an astrologer, moved onto architecture, dived into philosophy, dabbled in sculpture and woodworking, then met a Buddhist monk who shared a bottle of wine with him and changed his life. Vasco describes the encounter as a personal meeting with Dionysus. It led him to restore a semi-abandoned farmhouse, which had belonged to his family since the 17th century, and transform it into the Aphros project. Is Vasco a Faun in disguise? Well, there are rumours! More verifiably, his biodynamic and Dionysian approach to winemaking has met with astounding success, and his wines would be the pride of any Bacchanalia.