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Aroma: Boysenberry and cardamom spices, mocha and charcuterie complexity.
Palate: Bright blackcurrant fruit and licorice spice of Touriga Naçional, the Tinta Cão brings bright and fragrant blue fruit energy. Tinta Roriz brings a savoury depth to the palate to compliment the Tinta Amarela’s floral and bay leaf herbal lift. To tie everything together the finesse of Alvarelhão and the acidity of the Sousão tightens and drives the long palate. Wonderfully complex and yet medium bodied.
The last fruit to be harvested from the vineyard. Hand picked and destemmed together in a ‘field blend’ style retaining as many whole berries as possible. The first working of the must is with the feet as in a traditional lagar in Portugal to extract tannins from both skins and seeds. Gentle pressing and maturation in old oak barrels for 10 months.
Vines: Fruit was sourced from 1990 New Territories planting of classic Portuguese grape varieties on a rocky terraced hillside.
Cellaring: Drinking beautifully at present and will continue to evolve for up to 8 years under suitable cellaring conditions.
Analysis: ALC: 12.5%
Vintage 2018: A cool and wet spring and summer delayed budburst and encouraged good canopy growth and good fruit set before summer arrived and thereafter the season turned dry. Picking over a busy 6 weeks delivering grapes with generous flavour development.