A modern Portuguese red made entirely from indigenous grapes. Fruit-forward, it has aromas of red and black fruit, with a balanced, food friendly structure. Satisfyingly chunky and ripe tannins.
40% Touriga Nacional , 30% Tinta Roriz, 20% Alfrocheiro, 10% Jaen Tinto.
These modern wines are a blend of estate grown and bought-in fruit made at Carvalhais by Beatriz Cabral de Almeida. Carvalhais is a 105-hectare property, which today has 50 hectares under vine. Winemaker Beatriz Cabral de Almeida makes an impressive range of wines from estate vineyards, situated at an altitude of 465-500 metres above sea level.
This wine is made from a mixture of grapes bought-in from carefully selected growers and fruit from the Quinta dos Carvalhais estate. The estate vineyards were planted on poor granite soils with indigenous Dão varieties, and the modern winery was built soon afterwards. The vines are grown at an altitude of 465-500 metres above sea level.
The grapes were destemmed and then gently crushed before being transferred to temperature-controlled stainless-steel fermentation vats. Fermentation lasted around six days, during which time several pump overs took place in order to gently extract aromas and phenolic compounds from the skins. After fermentation, the wine was transferred to stainless-steel tanks to undergo malolactic. The different varieties were vinified separately. 20% of the final blend was aged for six months in French oak, while the rest of the wine remained in stainless-steel tanks.