Ramilo Vinhas Velhas Tinto
Style/ Colour Red
Grape varieties Castelão, Parreira Matias, Tinta Miúda and Molar
The producer In 2013 and 2014, Nuno and Pedro Ramilo left their professions to renovate the vineyard planted by their grandfather and start bottling estate wine. Casal do Ramilo vineyard is in the Lizandro Valley. In the boldest of moves, in 2015, the brothers planted a ‘new’ old school (un-grafted) vineyard in Colares to ultra-rare local grapes, Malvasia de Colares and Ramisco. In 2020, the Malvasia came second to Quinta da Regueiro Jurássico I at Essência do Vinho’s prestigious Top 10 Portuguese Wines Tasting but, nominated by me (it was one of my wines of 2020), it was adjudged one of Decanter magazine’s White Wines of 2020. A splendid result for Ramilo family who, for many years, sold bag-in-box blends of their wines and neighbours’ wines to local restaurants.
The vineyard/ winemaking From a half hectare parcel of 50-year-old field blend vines with around 90% Castelão, the balance including Parreira Matias, Tinta Miúda and Molar. The grapes were handpicked, sorted and de-stemmed, then foot-trodden and naturally fermented in a traditional stone lagar for one week. After pressing the resulting wine was kept in stainless steel until bottling, preserving fruit purity. No additions were made, other than a small amount of sulphites.
Tasting notes Coastal proximity shows with a smack of iodine/salt to the vibrant sour wild cherry, damson and sloes, bramble and hedgerow (rosehip?) fruit. The tannins are granular/sandy – a touch spicy and rustic – in a good way. Opening up, it reveals white pepper, inky violets and earth. The iodine – an undertow – follows through on the long, fresh finish. A high acid line makes for a certain austerity yet, at the same time, the fruit has tremendous vivacity and intensity. Like Ramilo Malvasia de Colares 2017, this arresting wine had me from the get go.
(Tasting notes by Sarah Ahmed)
Food Pairing Pair it with Porco à Alentejana (Pork with Clams)
Serving recommendations Serve at a temperature of around 16ºC
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