Morgado do Quintão Castelão<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?This is a rare, monovarietal Castelão wine; perhaps the only one made in the Algarve. The label changes with every new vintage, displaying works done by curated Portuguese artists, including the family matriarch, Teresa Vasconcellos.
GRAPE:100% Castelão from 50-year-old vines. Organically farmed (non-certified)
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Perfect pairing with local game dishes like lamb and goat as well as strong cheeses
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Focus on minimal intervention. Hand-harvested, with a light pressing, pre-fermentation maceration at 14ºC, skin contact for 15 days, aged in French oak barrels for 15 months. A small amount of sulfur is added at bottling only. Filtered, but not fined. Vegan.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:The estate is home to a 7-ha vineyard located 261 ft above sea level in DOC Lagoa (Algarve). The vines are only 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean’s cool maritime influence yet warmed by the Levante winds from Africa, and the average yearly temperature is between 57-60 degrees F. Sunny Algarve is known for exceptional ripening conditions, with 3000 to 3500 daylight hours per year. The soil here is known as arenitos: iron-rich sandy loess mixed with limestone.
TASTING NOTES:Ruby red with hues of purple. On the nose ripe red fruit and violets. On the palate, soft tannins, dark red fruits with baked plum and preserves. Finishes with notes of spice and dark chocolate.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:.87 lbs (.39 kg)
RECYCLABLE GLASS USED:82%
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