Castelão (sin. Periquita) is a local light coloured grape varietal that has fallen out of fashion in this era of big concentrated reds. Studies show that Castelão originated from this region, where it still remains the 3rd most planted varietal. Although, its current role in the local wines tend to be secondary. The local ancients say that Castelão’s talent lies in its ageing capacity and not on its concentration, “that it needs time”. So, with this quest in mind we have given this “Tinto de Castelão” time. Time to macerate (35 days), time to barrel age (18 months), time to bottle age (12 months) and time to be itself. Itself in its fragile colour, elegant body and persistant tannins. The outcome? A nostalgic smile of tasting something from the past.
Continental/Mediterranean climate. Hot and dry with cold nights.
The 49 year-old vines are certified under Integrated Production regime. After sorting and crushing the grapes are conveyed by gravity into small vats and fermented by only indigenous yeast with 30% whole cluster at 27ºC. Post fermentation maceration lasts for 35 days.
18 months in French oak barrels.
Light ruby-grenade colour. Fine aroma, with plum, tobaco and spice notes, the attack in half-bodied, with good freshness. The texture shows itself in the middle of the tasting. A wine that is all elegance and finishes with firm and present tannins.
Store at 12-14ºC and serve at 16ªC to drink at 18ºC.