The Quinta dos Carvalhais is a beautiful property in Mangualde commune in the...
Dão with vineyards dedicated to regional grape varieties. The estate combines extensive experience of traditional winemaking practices with the most up-to-date techniques, creating wines of great elegance and a unique personality. In addition to investing in their own vineyards, Quinta dos Carvalhais has also been instrumental in defending the interests and living conditions of many local small winegrowers who sell their grapes.
This 105 hectare property, which today has 50 hectares under vine, was purchased by the Guedes family in 1988. The vineyards were planted on poor granite soils with indigenous Dão varieties (Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro, Jaen and Tinta Pinheira for reds and Encruzado, Assario, Verdelho, Bical and Cerceal for whites), and the modern winery was built soon afterwards. Today, winemaker Beatriz Cabral de Almeida makes an increasingly impressive range of wines from estate vineyards, which are situated at an altitude of 465-500 metres above sea level.
2010 was a good ripening year in the Dão region, giving grapes of great quality, both in terms of health and balance. The resulting wines reflect this, showing very well-balanced levels of alcohol, acidity and body.
Each batch of grapes was vinified separately. The grapes were unloaded from 20kg crates directly into the destemmer-crusher, from which they dropped by gravity into small stainless steel tanks equipped with automatic pumping-over and temperature control. The alcoholic fermentation took about eight days at an average temperature of around 28ºC. The Touriga Nacional remained on its skins after fermentation for a further 20 days. After alcoholic fermentation, malolactic fermentation took place. It was then put into new (27%) and one year or older (73%) French oak barrels for 12 months. The different wines were tasted many times during the maturation period to monitor their progress. After final blending, the wine was fined, filtered and bottled. It was not cold-stabilised and therefore may throw a slight deposit as it ages in the bottle.
Deep, vibrant red in colour. Although this is a firm and serious wine, it has a lovely, delicate aroma. Notes of barrel-ageing are evident on the nose, as well as black fruits, hints of spice and a floral touch. On the palate, it is elegant and well-balanced, with firm tannins bringing structure and strength.
|Grape varieties||48% Touriga Nacional
22% Tinta Roriz
|Winemaker||Beatriz Cabral de Almeida|
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