Cellers Venus la Unieversal, Dido Rosat 2017 is a pale pink-orange coloured rose with a well structured medium body. Aromas of orange zest, citrus blossoms, and red berries followed by strawberry, blood orange, peach, and a hint of oak on the palate. This is a refreshing blend of red and white grapes and is a ready to drink wine that maintains some aging potential.
The winemaker of Dido is the infamous Sara Pérez, who is the wife of Rene Barbier whos famed for making the Clos Mogador wines. Together with her husband René Barbier (Clos Mogador), Sara Pérez owns and creates two beautiful wines on Venus La Universal. As a tribute to every small food manufacturer from the 1920s who wanted to grow up, Sara has started this mini-domain (now 10 ha.) Compania Universal de Vinos. They created two wines. The Dido Blanco, a complex white wine based on Macabeo and Garnacha Blanca, with partial fermentation on French oak. And this Dido which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha and Merlot.
In the vineyard, by using organic farming methods, we drastically decreased our waste products and the energy costs associated to the use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. The organic matter we use as fertilizer is a recycled waste product, cow and horse manure, which is used together with vine trimmings and pomace from our grapes. As “pesticides” we use goat’s milk whey, thus recycling another polluting by product as well as using plant extracts in order to totally eliminate the use of sulphur powder (permitted by organic farming regulations, but derived from petroleum). Our fossil fuel consumption has gone down and we have replaced the use of a heavy tractor for that of a lighter quad bike (less fuel consumption). With the quad, we do not compact the soil as much, keeping the structure of the soil in better conditions. Grapes are our only final product made in our agricultural system. The leaves from the vines fall onto the soil and decompose completely if we leave plant cover (on bare earth, these leaves are blown away by the wind).