O Produtor, tasting note published in May 27th 2017
Ruby colored wine. Delicate and complex aroma. The elegant fruity aroma of cassis blends harmoniously with the spicy aromas that add aromatic complexity. Palate: Captivating harmony between structure, greasiness and aromas. Good acidity gives freshness and induces longevity. The tannins, elegant and well present, proves to the test a “dialogant” character.
Limited to existing stock. If the wine you have purchased runs out of stock, we will contact you to suggest a different wine, or to return the amount paid. Wine promotions cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons. The mystery and charm of Cheleiro is combined with its fertile properties and extraordinary minerality of the earth, which give rise to this intense, complex and elegant reserve. A surprising red wine, made with the Portuguese varieties Touriga Nacional, Aragonez and Castelão, aged for one year in French oak barrels with American top. Winemaking: Total destemming and fermentation for 8 days in stainless steel, with temperature control. Post fermentative maceration, followed by a 12 month maturation in French oak barrels with American oak tops. Aging 6 months in bottle.
The Manz family moved to the quiet village of Cheleiros, West Portugal, in 2004 and quickly fell in love with people and the place. The strong history of wine in the region strongly captivated André Manz that, with the help and advice from locals, decided to try to produce for his personal consumption. Almost forgotten in the newly acquired vineyard, there were about 200 white grape strains, from a variety that neither the young winemakers in the project or the locals of the region could identify. When discovered, the production of the grape – Jampal – was highly discouraged to André. The remaining supply in abundance, and the low profitability of large-scale Jampal – why was almost extinct in the country, explained the advice. But André wants to try anyway: “I do not want to do too much wine, I want to make good one”, he said. The result was surprising: his wine was unlike anything that no one had tried so far, providing an opportunity for unexpected business and the motto for the production of other Portuguese varieties, as well as the ones in vineyards in prime locations: Alto Douro and Palmela.
Lagar Antigo – Largo da Praça Nº8 – A – 2640-160 Cheleiros, Portugal