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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?This single-vineyard, old-vine Castelão tastes like Alentejo wines did prior to the 1970s. Locals say that in order make great wine, “Castelão needs time,” and given time to flourish, it becomes the elegant wine it was always meant to be.
RATING HISTORY:2020 90WA, 2019 93WA
GRAPE:100% Castelão. This is a single vineyard wine from 50-year-old vines at Chão dos Eremitas.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:This wine makes an excellent pairing with pork and bean soup, grilled chicken thighs and mushroom risotto.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:The grapes are hand-harvested and passed over a sorting table for intensive quality control, then gently crushed and moved by gravity into temperature regulated vats. The grapes spontaneously fermented using indigenous yeasts in stainless steel, with 30% whole cluster and a 35-day maceration. The wine ages 18 months in French oak and 2 years in bottle.
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. This temperature range produces fruit with a natural combination of ripeness and freshness. Alentejo sees 3,000 hours of annual sunshine, making it Portugal’s sunniest region, and only 600mm of annual rainfall—less than 15% of which falls during the growing season. The soil at Chão dos Eremitas is mainly granite with sand.
TASTING NOTES:Light ruby in color. Aromas of plum, tobacco and spice notes. On the palate it is medium-bodied, with good freshness. A wine that is bright and elegant and finishes with firm tannins.
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