Quinta da Pellada Tinto<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?Only the best parcels from Pellada go into this wine; both are adjacent to the 16th-century house, where enormous boulders of granite studded with quartz are found scattered across the property. This wine is a showstopper that any lover of the world’s greats will cherish, and a great window into the historic style of Dão winemaking.
RATING HISTORY:2018 94 WA; 2017 94 WE; 2016 95 WE, 95 WA; 2015 96 WA, 94 WE
GRAPE:Old vine field blend of some 40 different varieties, mainly Alvarelhao, Tinta Pinheira, Touriga Naçional, Jaen and Tinta Amarela. Average vine age of 75 years. Planted to granite, sand and quartz at an average altitude of 500m (1,640 ft) above sea level.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:The fresh red fruit and delicate aromatics of the Quinta de Pellada Tinto pair very well with roast poultry and game. Mushrooms and other umami-laden dishes are also fine pairs.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:The grapes are macerated for 10 days in cold temperatures to maximize its elegant aromas. It then experiences spontaneous, native yeast cofermentation in stainless vats, after which it is aged for 26 months in 5th and 6th use large format French oak barrels. Fined and filtered before bottling. This is a vegan wine.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Quinta da Pellada is located in the northern part of the Dão, in Northern Central Portugal. The plots for this vineyard are planted to granite, with lines of sand and quartz at 500m (1640 ft) elevation. The Dão has a temperate continental climate, protected from the cold winds of the Atlantic by the Luso Mountains, from the warm winds of Extremadura to the west by the Sierra da Estrela, and from the arid heat of the Douro by the Serra do Caramulo. Average temperature in the growing season is 57F (14C). Rainfall is 26 inches per annum, with no irrigation.
TASTING NOTES:Bright ruby-garnet. On the nose, powerful aromatics that gain explosivity with some air. Sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, flint, truffle and violets comingle on the nose. On the palate, this is an elegant, finessed wine with restraint to its power and structure. Built to age, this is tightly wound in its youth with mouthwatering acidity but a beautiful purity to the core of red fruit and minerals. Finishes long, with impeccable balance.
Love this wine?
We'll keep you in the loop about special edition cases, recipes to pair, winemaker events and more.