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This blend is very dark red, with crimson highlights with balsamic oak aromas, as well as fig and black plum with hints of tobacco. The palate shows great structure and a full-bodied firmness, with mature, silky tannins. Mineral notes mix with the aforementioned fruit, leading to a very elegant, complex and persistent finish.
Grape variety: More than 20 grape varieties (a field blend), including Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Tinta Amarela, Touriga Franca and others, with 69% from vineyards older than 80 years, and Touriga Nacional (27%) and Sousão (3%) new vines with 15 years of age.
Vinification: The grapes from the old vineyards on the Estate (over 80 years old) were vinified in stainless steel, temperature controlled, remontage vats, holding up to 5,000 kilos of grapes. The chosen parcels of the 16 hectares of the old vineyards were vinified separately, the fermentation lasting an average of 8 to 20 days. The grapes from the younger vineyards were foot-trodden in “lagares” and also vinified in stainless steel, temperature controlled, remontage vats.
Ageing: The wines from the old vineyards were then stored in stainless steel tanks for the duration of the malolactic fermentation and were afterwards racked to 225 litres new French Allier Oak barriques. The wines from new vineyards after a first racking were immediately stored in similar 225 litres barriques of new French oak. The wine was kept for 17 months on the barriques.