Mont ́Alegre Tinta Amarela
Style/ Colour Red
Grape varieties Tinta Amarela
The producer Born and raised in the lofty village of Montalegre in Trás-os-Montes, brothers Francisco and Paulo Gonçalves founded Mont’Alegre Vinhos in 2015. Desirous of producing mountain wines, they recently planted one of Portugal’s highest vineyards in Montalegre (at 1070m); they additionally source grapes from vineyards located between 600-800m in Trás-os-Montes’ Chaves and the Planalto Mirandês sub-regions. Having been Technical Director of Sogevinus (owners of Kopke, Cálem, Burmester and Barros e Almeida, the Port houses), Francisco wanted to focus on making wine, not Port and, more specifically, fresh, elegant wines as opposed to
very concentrated wines. Job done with this rare example of single varietal Tinta Amarela (a.k.a. Trincadeira) which, in elevated climes, completes the ripening process slowly, allowing this precocious grape to reach its full potential.
The vineyard/ winemaking Produced from 25-year-old Tinta Amarela vines from a single vineyard located at 750m in Planalto Mirandês. Vinified at the Gonçalves’ cellar in Montalegre, the grapes were de-stemmed and, following a 48-hour cold maceration, fermented slowly in stainless steel vats without temperature control up to
24 degrees. The wine aged in new (20%) and used French oak barriques. At 1000m altitude in Montalegre, oxygenation levels are slightly lower, allowing the aging process to occur naturally and slowly. The wine was filtered before bottling.
Tasting notes Deep crimson, with enticing floral, black pepper and tobacco-scented blood plum and red and black berry fruit to nose and medium-bodied palate. With elegant, palate-cleansing fresh mineral acidity (the hallmark of granite), it has lovely persistence and is drinking beautifully now. 4,100 bottles produced.
(Tasting notes by Sarah Ahmed)
Food Pairing Pair it with cozido à portuguesa, roast kid, game sausage
Serving recommendations Serve at a temperature of 16 to 18ºC
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