V.T Tapada de Chaves Vinhas Velhas 2013Vinhos do Alentejo
Grape Varieties: Trincadeira and Grand Noir Soil Type: Granitic Analytical Data: Alcohol (%) – 15.5º; Total acidity (g/l) – 5.5; pH – 3.58; Total sugars (g/l) – 1.8 Vineyards: Vinha Velha (1901) Harvest: The atypical year of 2013 was characterized by high rainfall during winter and spring, which allowed to replenish part of the water reserves in the soil, but also by the heat waves that conditioned the vegetative cycle of the vines, reflected in slow maturations, but with high qualitative potential. Robust and highly concentrated wines were obtained, with high potential for longevity. The heavy rainfall recorded in September in the central region had no impact on the phytosanitary status of the vines, achieving a harvest with healthy grapes. Vinification: Manual harvest, with grapes from the old vine planted in the tapada in 1901. Manual selection of the grape, followed by total destemming and peculiar pre-fermentative cold maceration for 5 days. Alcoholic fermentation, developed in a natural way with indigenous grape yeasts, carried out in a stainless steel tank at controlled temperature. 30-day post-fermentation maceration, prior to aging in barrels with spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Aging: For 18 months in Portuguese and French oak barrels. For 24 months in bottle. Recommended date for consumption: 2021 to 2040 Service temperature: 16ºC Tasting notes @jan2020: Concentrated ruby color. Very complex aroma, with smooth balsamic notes alongside woodland notes, with black fruit, rockrose, earth and a vibrant vegetable. In the tasting it is concentrated and deep, with a high structure, with present and extremely elegant tannins. The fruit, minerality and balanced acidity provide a very long and persistent finish, full of character.
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