Cavalo Maluco - red table wine

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Red Table Wine

Cavalo Maluco or Crazy Horse (in English) is a red wine with a deep red garnet color.

It is a rich and very complex wine with aromas to floral notes, black fruits, sweet chocolate and spices.

In the mouth it shows vigorous but fine tannins, creating an elegant structure with a long finish.

Complex blend of grapes varieties Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Petit Verdot.

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Delivery: 2 to 6 weeks

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Export Box: 6 bottles

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Portuguese Red Wine Cavalo Maluco

Grape varieties: Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Petit Verdot.

No. of bottles produced in 2012 vintage: approx 10.000

Acidity: 4.9 g/L
pH: 3.95
Sugar: 2.9
ABV: 14%

Tasting notes:

Intense garnet in color this wine combines the aromas of dark fruit jam with hints of chocolate and tobacco.

On the palate it displays vigorous but fine tannins, creating an elegant structure with a long finish.

Vinification:

Fermented in oak vats. Matured in French oak barrels for a minimum of 18 months and then in bottle for at least a year.

Awards and Features:

  • Best Portuguese Red, Grand Jury Européen, Fev 2008
  • #2 Best Portuguese Red, Macao and Hong Kong Wine Society, Nov. 2012
  • #3 Best World Red ( Horse labeled wines), Rio Janeiro, March 2013
  • Best Portuguese Red by the President of the Court of Master Sommeliers, March 2014

Consistently ranked among the Best TOP 10 Portuguese Reds and #1 Red of Peninsula de Setúbal

Available in “Michelin Starred “Restaurants in London, Switzerland, Germany, Stockholm, Hong Kong, Macao and São Paulo

Cavalo Maluco (Crazy Horse) was a great Sioux chieftain who resisted the occupation and destruction of his people's land and culture by the American Pioneers. Even after his capture he always remained true to his beliefs and codes of honour.

A powerful and intense character, indomitable and irreverent but also sensitive and gracious like the wine which now takes his name. A wine which is a force of nature and pays homage to all the “Crazy Horses” of this world who, passionate and fearless, think for themselves and tread their own path - who have a passion for distinction.

Consequently, and also to underline its distinctive character, each year Cavalo Maluco will be dedicated to a personality who identifies with the spirit of the wine (with their initials on the label).

The Grapes

Touriga Franca

This is one of the structural pillars of red Douro blends, and also one of the five officially recommended grapes for port.

It's the most widely planted grape in the Douro, currently accounting for around a fifth of total vineyard area, and it is now much planted right across the northern half of Portugal.

The Touriga Franca makes richly-coloured, dense yet elegant wines with copious blackberry fruit and floral notes (roses, rock roses, wild flowers...) and firm but velvety tannins that contribute to the ageing potential of blends - it is often blended with Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional.

Apart from the quality of its wines, it is popular in the vineyard for its resistance to pests and diseases and its reliably good crops of healthy grapes.

Touriga Nacional

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 Setúbal 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.

Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot is a red-wine grape whose small, thick-skinned berries are valued for their depth of color.

Traditionally the variety has played a small role in the classic blends of Bordeaux, but varietal Petit Verdot wines are now appearing in many regions of southern Europe, the Americas and Australia.

Due to the high levels of anthocyanins in the berry's thick skins, Petit Verdot wines tend to have a dense, inky, violet-black appearance. They also have high tannin levels, thanks to the small berries - specifically their high ratio of skin and seeds to juice.

It is being used in various parts of the U.S., Australia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. The regions in which it has enjoyed most success have one thing in common: a warm, dry climate like our region.

The region

Located in the Alentejo region, close to the Atlantic and part of the demarcated wine region of “Península de Setúbal”, the vineyard faces the village of S. Romão, which used to be a pilgrimage stop on the way to Santiago de Compostela.

Just 1 h hour drive from Lisbon (South), it has a wonderful temperate microclimate - warm days and cold nights - affected both by being close to the ocean and to the Alentejo province.

Crossed by the river Sado and covering around 142 ha - 15 ha of vineyards, 38 ha rice fields and 79 ha forest (cork and pine trees) - the history of this place goes back to the ancient times of Roman occupation.

The vineyards and the grape varieties

As a result of its unique geographic location, the wine making choices at the vineyard are innovative and rather distinctive in style and personality.

The 15 ha vineyards were planted in 2002. An extra 10 ha will be planted shortly which will allow for the doubling of its current production. From these, 8 ha will be located by the Atlantic shore.

Different options were taken in terms of grape varieties and a considerable investment was made in the red varieties: Aragonez | Cabernet Sauvignon | Petit Verdot | Touriga Franca| Touriga Nacional | Sangiovese

In 2011, investment was made in white wine grape varieties and the new wines were launched in 2013: Sercial (Esgana-cão) | Galego Dourado

The winery and the production process

The whole production process is undertaken in keeping with a philosophy of consummate preservation in order to obtain top quality raw material. There is little intervention by man, allowing the wine to express its vigour and potential on its own. The wine harvest is carried out by hand and the bunches of grapes undergo a twofold selection procedure.

The modern winery has revived a series of traditional vinification processes which are currently considered state-of-the-art amongst the best wines, in particular fermentation in French oak vats.

Production is limited in order to produce a complexity of aromas, colour and flavour in the grape - an essential condition for the production of wines of exceptional quality.

The wine is matured in oak casks and then in bottle for at least a year before it is released onto the market.

All the wines are single vineyard and estate bottled.

The Wines

The wines of the vineyard enjoy a very intense and complex character allied to an extraordinary elegance and freshness.

These are characteristics which originate in their “terroir”, the key feature which sets them apart from all others.

These wines are especially made for the discerning, educated and sensitive consumer who enjoys distinctive products /experiences.

A distinction which can be felt in an enthralling region, in the producer’s passion for what he does and in his dedicated commitment to the production process.

An allurement which starts with the first sip…