Papa Leite B62
Colour Opaque garnet with violet tones
Aroma Wild berries with hints of chocolate and vanilla
Flavour Complex, very soft in the moth. Robust tannins softened by young French oak, creating a longer finish
Grapes Predominantly Alicante Bouschet and Merlot
pH 3,68 | Total acidity 5,0 g/l
Alcohol Content 15% | Reducing sugar 0,9 g/l
Recommendation Serve at 16º-18º C
An excellent option to go with a broad bean game stew, duck rice, hare rice, partridge à la six hundred devils or just a typical Portuguese steak; or even a plate of soft cheeses such as Azeitão or Serra.
Harvest On September 12th, the harvest was done manually and transported in 10 kg boxes to avoid crushing the grapes
Oenology Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tank, for three weeks, at a controlled temperature of 24ºC
Aging After alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, the wine aged for 1 year and 8 month in young French oak barrels
Bottling May 30th with cork stopper – flor extra category
Number of Bottles 5.718 of 0,75 l and 474 of 1,5 l
Producer Filipe Barreiros Cardoso
Oenologist António Madalena
Alicante Bouschet is a grape variety from the end of the 19th Century, born in a laboratory from the cross between the Grenache and and Petit Bouschet varieties, by the hand of the French botanist Henri Bouschet, with the objective of creating a grape of intense colour, fruity, easy to grow and highly productive.
It is one of the few teinturier grapes in the world. Its deep red colour comes not only from the skin, but also the flesh, giving the wines a deeper darker colour.
Making history in the wine world, especially during Prohibition, when grapes were sold all over the country with a manual on how “not” to turn grapes into wine, by the end of the 20th Century it began losing ground to other more elegant international grape varieties.
Introduced in Portugal at the beginning of the 20th Century, it was in the terroir of the Alentejo that the Alicante Bouschet found the ideal conditions for its development. Cold Winters and hot Summers, deep rich soils, with water resources during all of the growth cycle.
Widely used in blends of wines of this region, it produces wines of excellent quality, with a soft texture and attractive colour, giving them also a great capacity for ageing.
The time at which it is harvested, and, and the way it ages, influences its aromas. If picked prematurely, it will be aggressive and unappealing tannins will stand out. Picked ripe, it will produce wines of a dark colour which manifest notes of black fruit, jam, liqueur, wild herbs, with a crunchy acidity and robust tannins.
When aged in wooden barrels, the outstanding aromas are cocoa, black chocolate and exotic spices; it may further develop hints of leather, game and balsamic as it ages.
The ideal pairing for Alicante Bouschet is red meat, as tannins and acids in the wine match perfectly with the wine.
Known as the partner in crime of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot is present in the best and most acclaimed wines of the world.
Wine historians say that the name of this grape variety, originating in Bordeaux, was inspired by the blackbird "merle", a common bird in the region. For the similarity in color of the feathers and the blue-black ripe grape, and because blackbirds seem to appreciate the sweetness of these grapes when they are quite ripe.
Merlot wine is liked for its soft and smooth texture. The lightness and sweetness this grape brings to the wine, helps to balance the acidity and tannins stronger in other grape varieties. It produces rounded wines, full bodied and well structured, very fruity and which can be rather rich and exuberant.
As it is greatly appreciated worldwide, and because of its great adaptability to different climates and terroirs, Merlot is the second most planted grape variety in the world.
In warmer climates the wines present aromas of dark fruit with hints of chocolate, and few tannins, while in colder climates they are usually more structured with a fuller presence of tannins and tobacco aroma.
When aged in oak, notes of vanilla, plum, tobacco and roasted coffee beans stand out.
An easy wine to drink, it can be drunk on its own or with food. It is the perfect wine for winter evenings. It goes well with roasts, be they beef, pork, duck or chicken, and it is also an excellent choice for cheeses, from a camembert, to a gruyere to a parmesan.
Avoid drinking a Merlot with fish, raw leafy greens and spicy food.