A powerful rich trio of grapes varieties from the sands of Fernando Pó.
Perfect with rich meat dishes, stews and strong cheeses.
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Grape Varieties: Merlot, Touriga Nacional and Tannat
Terroir: Sandy soil, mediterranic climate
Long fermentation in conical vat with temperature control, pumped over 4 times per day with manual jet, délestage.
Suggestions: Serve at 18º C. Drink now or store for 3 to 5 years.
Packaging: Bottle: 75 Cl, 6 unit cases
Alcohol by Vol: 13,5%
Boa Compra 2016 Revista de Vinhos
Bronze Medal IWC 2015
Touriga Nacional is a very known and well-appreciated grape varietal, perhaps the most celebrated one in Portugal, having been disseminated to practically every region in the country.
Its thick skin, rich in natural tint, provides intense color to its wines.
The abundance of primary aromas is a characteristic of this grape variety, presenting both floral and fruity and always intense and penetrating.
Touriga Nacional is the fourth most planted grape in the Setubal Peninsula.
It produces full bodied wines with powerful and exceptional aromatic qualities, providing a soft, warm flavor dominated by notes of ripe berries, such as blackberry and blueberry, with floral nuances that resemble violet, rosemary and cistus flower at times.
It produces harmonious wines with a strong alcohol level and excellent aging ability, gaining aromatic complexity when aged in barrel.
Merlot is a red wine variety with strong historic ties to Bordeaux and the southwest of France. The variety is now widely planted in wine regions across the world and, in terms of the volumes of wine produced internationally; it is rivaled only by its Bordeaux companion, Cabernet Sauvignon.
The precise flavors that Merlot imparts to a wine are not easily grouped. It is a grape used for producing wines of a particular texture, rather than a particular taste, relying on organoleptic properties other than just flavor and aroma.
Smooth, rounded and "easy drinking" are common descriptions of Merlot wines. The main reason for this is that Merlot grapes are relatively large in relation to their pips and the thickness of the skins, in which tannins are found. For this reason, the variety is used to soften wines made from more tannic varieties.
Tannat is a red-wine grape whose origins lie in the Basque country, on the border between France and Spain.
Here, in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains, the terrain is rough and rugged, so it is only fitting that Tannat should create wines which are equally deep, dark, dry and rustic.
Since its early days in southern France, Tannat has migrated with relative ease and is now planted in Argentina, Australia, the U.S. (California, Oregon and Virginia), Brazil, Portugal and even in southern Italy’s Puglia region, where it is used as a blending grape.
Tannat found a privileged terroir and climate in the Setubal Peninsula and it has produced wines of exceptional quality.
Tannat is characterized by its firm tannin structure, deep color, high alcohol and its ability to age well. The aroma profile is gently tarry and redolent of stewed red berries (“warm raspberry jam” sums this up well).