Papa Leite

Type  Red

Grapes  Alicante Bouschet, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

Year  2018

Tasting Notes

Colour  Opaque Garnet

Aroma  Jam, compote, blackberry and sour cherry, with some flowery nuances reminiscent of roses

Flavour  Very soft wood notes, prolonged and persistent finish denoting a good integration with the wood and recalling the aromas

Alcohol Content  15% | Reducing sugar  1,5 g/l

pH  3,56 | Total acidity  5,9 g/l

Recommendation  Serve at 14 - 18º C

In order to enhance the wood aging process we recommend decanting the wine

An excellent option to go with stews, as ossobuco, or oven dishes like the Portuguese traditional rice duck.

Terroir  Clay

Harvest  On August 31, the harvest was done manually and transported in 10 kg boxes to avoid crushing the grapes

Oenology  Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, for three weeks, at a controlled temperature of 24º C

Aging  After alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, the wine aged for 1 year and 8 months in your French oak barrels

Bottling  July 4th of 2020 with cork stopped – flor extra category

Number of Bottles  8.380 of 0,75 l

Producer  Filipe Barreiros Cardoso

Oenologist  António Madalena

Selected Grapes

ALICANTE BOUSCHET

 

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.

MERLOT

 

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.

Cabernet Sauvignon

 

The world’s most famous and planted red wine grape is a natural, yet surprising, cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux. It was only in 1997 that Dr Carole Meredith made the unexpected discovery, while testing the DNA of multiple grape varieties, that a white wine grape (Sauvignon Blanc) could parent a red wine grape of such quality, which landed Cabernet Sauvignon the nickname of Wild Cabernet.

Known for its strong notes of green pepper, peppercorn and black currant, a Cabernet Sauvignon of superior quality can go as far as touching the undertones of wood and a range of spices.

The Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety is characterized and loved by its high concentration of flavours and its unique aging ability. Corpulent, with high to medium tanins and a medium acidity, Cabernet Sauvignon is a grape that concedes a rich and robust flavours to its wines.

The ideal pairing for bolder dishes such as steaks and spicy sauces, researchers recently discovered that Cabernet Sauvignon can work as an effective palate cleanser, as it can scrape fats and proteins that gather in your tongue.

Nowadays, Cabernet Sauvignon is seen in the viniculture world as gold, valuable and highly considered, this grape variety adapts particularly well to gravelly soils.

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