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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?This is a single-vineyard wine from the Chão dos Eremitas and the only 100% Tinta Carvalha bottling in all of Portugal. The site was planted in the 1970s, before Alicante Bouschet and Aragonez became the primary grapes of the region. Winegrowers from all over the country are now visiting to take cuttings of the Tinta Carvalha planted at this vineyard.
RATING HISTORY:2020 92WA; 2019 92WA; 2018 90WS
GRAPE:100% Tinta Carvalha from vines that are over 50 years old, planted in the Chão dos Eremitas vineyard at an average altitude of 260m (853 ft) above sea level.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:A red with good acidity, great pairing for complex fatty fish and pot roast.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:The grapes are harvested by hand and selected on a sorting table. 30% are left whole bunch and 70% destemmed. After pressing, the juice is racked by gravity to stainless steel vats. The wine ferments spontaneously and macerates for 40 days on the skins, followed by 12 months’ aging in stainless steel vats.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Alentejo is a large region in southeastern central Portugal, the breadbasket of the country. The climate is Atlantic-Mediterranean, with significant temperature differences between day and night, and the most hours of sunshine (3,000 per year) in the country, with little rainfall during the growing season. This temperature range produces fruit with a natural combination of ripeness and freshness. The soil at Chão dos Eremitas is mainly granite with sand.
TASTING NOTES:Ruby color, intense aromas on the nose, with notes of red fruit, pomegranate, and graphite. On the palate, it is elegant and lifted, with a lot of depth and tension, showing a new face for red wine from Alentejo.
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