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Talha Premium DOC Red

Technical Information

Year: 2018
Grape Varieties: Tinta Grossa, Aragonez, Trincadeira and Alfrocheiro
Region: Vidigueira
Type of soil: Schist
Climate: Mediterranean
Bottling: June 2019
Longevity: 2 years
Production: 1.111 numbered bottles
 

Vinification

Hand-harvested in small boxes, and divided by grape variety. Destemming and crushing of the grapes in a mill. Natural fermentetion in amphoras (clay pots) wich are previously coated and waterproofed with beeswax and resin. The wines were kept in contact with the wine masses until November 20th. Malolactic fermentation also ocurrs inside the amphoras.
 

Premium

Due to the limited size of each talha, and the unique wine that each produces, this version of the Talha was bottled after the producer decided which of the deposits produced the best wine of the year.
 

Analysis

Alcohol (%vol.): 14%
Total acidity (g/l): 5,1
pH: 3,71
Total sugars (g/l): 0,3
 

Winemaker's Notes

Color: Red cherry.
Aroma: Intense black fruit jam (plum) with mild spice notes (pepper).
Palate: Medium to high body, with a smooth astringency, and a long and persistent aftertaste due to the tannins and minerality conferred by the Amphora.
Winemaker: Paulo Laureano
 

History

Wine produced artisanally through the millenarian technique of fermenting the grapes in clay amphoras. Technique that had come from the Roman times, has remained unchanged over more than 2.000 years of history, moving thru generations through popular wisdom. It is the region of Vila de Frades, a small village with less than 900 inhabitants in the heart of Alentejo, that this tradition has been kept alive, and that is now recognized as the "Caoital of the Amphora Wine".
 

Singularity

The fact that each amphora has different sizes, porosity and density cause the levels of oxygen and the temperature at wich grapes are subject to fermentation is different from amphora to amphora. This way, even if made from the same grapes, amphora wines have the peculiarity of being all different from each other due to the unique touch each amphora confers. It is therefore impossible to replicate a batch, which consequently ensures and translates the uniqueness of this type of wine.
 
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