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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?This wine is a tribute to the “Paulistas,” the hermit monks of the order of São Paulo who first made wine in this vineyard. There is evidence of uninterrupted wine production here since the 14th century; this vineyard was so important that the Pope issued a decree in 1397 exempting the monks from paying taxes.
RATING HISTORY:2019 97 WA; 2018 94+ WA
GRAPE:Field blend of Tinta Carvalha (35%), Castelão (30%), Moreto (15%), Alfrocheiro (10%) and Trincadeira (10%) planted in 1970 in the "Chão dos Eremitas" vineyard, which is mostly granite with sand.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:The inherent texture and bright tannin of this wine pairs wonderfully with red meat.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:The grapes are harvested by hand and selected on a sorting table. 30% are left whole bunch and 70% are destemmed. After pressing, the juice is racked by gravity to stainless steel vats. The wine ferments spontaneously and macerates for 25-40 days on the skins, followed by 18 months of aging in French oak barrels.
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:The wine is ruby color with some violet. On the nose, it shows red berries with some herbal aromas. On the palate, it is long and structured, with notes of pomegranate.
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