O Produtor, tasting note published in July 25th 2016
With a golden color and a clear appearance, Adega Velha Reserva presents a young and harmonious bouquet, reminding notes of roasted coffee and dried fruits, enveloped by a smooth sensation of oak. Its origin in fresh and aromatic grapes with low alcohol content gives it the softness, the velvety character and the aromatic richness, much appreciated in a brandy. Recommendations: Ideally served as an after-meal digestive at the recommended temperature of 18 to 20ºC, it can also be served cold in a “shot glass” as a digestive or accompanying a rich and sweet dessert.
The grapes, which are selected due to their high acidity and low sugar content, create a light and balanced red wine. The wine is then subject to two slow and careful distillations in Charentais alembic still, brought from the region of Cognac in France. After the distillation process, the brandy (“aguardente”) is subject to an ageing process in french oak barrels from the Limousin region. The final blend has an average age of 6 years of ageing.
Aveleda is a name which spans several generations. The first records of the sale of bottled wine date back to 1870, with Manuel Pedro Guedes (1837-1899), known for his strong enterprising spirit and believed to be the founder of the business as we know it today. His work bore fruit and the quality of the Aveleda wines started to be recognised, as the gold medals won in the international competitions in Berlin (1888) and Paris (1889) attest.
Today the Guedes family still owns 100% of the company, always committed to maintaining this family legacy which spans several generations. The son of Manuel Pedro Guedes, Fernando Guedes da Silva da Fonseca (1871-1946) continued his father’s work, significantly increasing the production capacity at the Estate. He had 7 children and it was Roberto Van-Zeller Guedes (1899-1966) who led the family business, dedicating his whole life to working at Aveleda. The 4th generation includes the six children of Roberto Van-Zeller Guedes: Fernando, Luís, António, Maria Isabel, Maria Helena and Roberto – who today manage the company’s future, together with the following generation: 14 cousins who make up the 5th generation.