Rola Pipa Arinto dos Acores
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The name Rola-Pipa refers to the barrel ramps which were carved out of the dried lava which makes up most of the island of Pico in the Azores. These ramps were used to roll (Rola) the barrels (Pipas) directly onto waiting rafts and boats which would then deliver the wine to the neighbouring islands and beyond.
Rola-Pipa wine is made using the indigenous grape variety Arinto dos Açores on the island of Pico. The area is a UNESCO world heritage site on account of its viticulture. The nose is aromatic and tropical with notes of pineapple, honeydew melon, ripe pears and white flowers. These aromas follow through to the palate which has a pleasing weight and a crisp acidity. The malolactic fermentation gives complexity and a long creamy finish which is complemented by a mineral salinity which is a direct result of the terroir of the area. This rare wine is drinking well now but will develop very gracefully over the next 3 to 5 years. Pair with grilled fish, seafood risotto, creamy scallop pasta, white meat and mild cheeses.
Region: Pico Island, Azores
Grape: Arinto dos Acores 100%
Suitable for Vegans: Yes
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes