Complex aroma of black berry and stone fruits with dark chocolate and minty notes, and hints of well integrated spicy oak. Deep and full bodied palate with layers of rich fruit, dense and creamy, well structured, with great length and persistence.
From some of the oldest vineyards in the estate of varying altitudes, ranging from 200 - 400m altitude and average age of 25 years, planted on granite and schist soil with clay loam structure.
Throughout the harvest, maturation rates were closely and meticulously monitored so that each parcel and each grape variety was picked separately in due regard for its location and individual characteristics. In 2017, Aragonez was harvested on 21 August, earlier than usual. Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional only reached the winery on 11 September, while the Alicante Bouschet arrived from Perdigões on 14 September and from Lavradores on 29 September.
Hand picked into small crates by variety, with bunch sorting., fermentation in open lagares with submerged cap and temperature control (22‰C – 25‰C), basket pressing and malolactic fermentation. The wine is then aged for 18 months in new oak barrels, followed by 3 years of bottle ageing before market release.
- Grilled and Roasted Red Meats
- Mild Creamy Cheeses
- Mature Strong Cheeses