Montes Claros Garrafeira - Red Wine
Producer Notes 2011
Region: Borba – Alentejo - Portugal
Denomination: A.O.C. Alentejo Wine
Grape varieties: Trincadeira, Aragonez, Tinta Caiada
Soil: Chalky-clay and schist
Wine Maker: Óscar Gato
Montes Claros “Garrafeira” was produced from a previous selection of old vines planted in schist soils with a rigorous control of the productivity of the grape and monitoring of the maturation of each variety and specific plot. This process involved an extreme care in the production of grapes with extreme quality. After the grapes arrived in the winery they were smoothly crushed with total destemming after which the alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel lagares (wine presses) took place by using a moderate mechanical pressing. The vinification process was concluded with 10-day maceration under a controlled temperature of 24ºC. The malolactic fermentation occurred in 1st use French, American and chestnut oak barrels with a 12-month ageing in the same barrels. After slight filtration the wine was bottled and aged for 30 months in the bottle.
Clear appearance, deep grenade colour.
Good aromatic intensity with notes of red fruits in jam, coffee, chocolate and spices.
Soft flavour, fruity freshness and excellent structure, slight astringency with spices and toast flavours, soft but full-bodied tannins of wild fruit; the finish is persistent, balanced and elegant.
To accompany veal, lamb, game, traditional pastry.
HOW TO SERVE
Best served at 16-17ºC.