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Portuguese Wines Offer Adventure and Value
It's no secret that Portugal has gifted the world with astounding fortified wines for over 200 years, yet what has remained a well-kept secret, in recent years, is that Portugal's table wines have reached new crescendos of quality, while maintaining a firm grip on wine value.

Portugal's Wine Regions and Grape Varieties
For being a relatively small country, Portugal enjoys an immense amount of both geographical and climatic diversity. Situated along the Atlantic Ocean and sharing a top to bottom border with Spain, Portugal maintains over twenty distinct DOC wine growing regions. Over a half million acres are currently under vine in Portugal and these vines host over 250 different grape varieties.

What Makes Portuguese Wines Different?
The vast majority of Portugal's table wines are made from a blend of predominately native grapes. While many New World wine drinkers tend to be more comfortable with varietal-based (and labelled) wines, Portugal opens the door to a whole new wine adventure. The average wine consumer has been fed wines by varietal for so long that it requires a bit of a paradigm shift to encounter and embrace Portuguese wines. However, on the flipside, there are certain categories of wine fans that are looking for the next "wine adventure" - they want to be the first to taste, tweet and talk about a "new wine" from a "new region" - Portuguese wines will find a nice niche with this category of younger oenophiles. There is another segment of consumer that has an experienced palate and strives to diversify both their cellar and their wine tasting resume, and Portugal's wine offerings can uniquely cater to this market segment quite well. The Portuguese enjoy a strong history of blending grapes and have become masters at it, beginning with Port and bringing their table wine blends to remarkable levels over the last two decades. Not unlike many well-known, Old World wine regions, Portugal's winemaking paradigms perform a delicate dance between tradition (complete with full scale lagares, for foot-treading higher end wines) and technology. While tradition and technology are often competing for the upper-hand, many of Portugal's producers are discovering that tradition and technology are fully capable of completing one another, in ways that make the wines better than they would be if stranded with just one vinification philosophy at work.


Wine Regions of Portugal


Official Wine Categories



DOC or DOP

At the top level of the European wine hierarchy, Portugal has 31 DOCs/DOPs. At the moment, both of these terms are used in Portugal, the traditional local ‘DOC’ (Denominação de Origem Controlada) meaning Controlled Designation of Origin, while the new pan-European ‘DOP’ (Denominação de Origem Protegida) means Protected Designation of Origin. Each of these regions has its own strictly defined geographical boundaries – note that the map numbers only go up to 29 because two of the regions, Douro and Port and Madeira and Madeirense, have the same ‘footprint’ and are numbered together. DOC regulations also prescribe maximum grape yields, recommended and permitted grape varieties and various other things, and all the wines have to be officially tasted, tested and approved.


IG or IGP (Vinho Regional)

The whole of the country is divided into 14 ‘Regional Wine’ areas. Wines from these areas have for years been labelled in Portugal as Vinho Regional. Now the European Union has introduced new titles for this category of wine: ‘IG’, meaning ‘Geographical Indication’ or ‘IGP’ – ‘Protected Geographical Indication.’ Most Portuguese regions have chosen to keep the old denomination, VR. Rules for making Vinho Regional are much less stringent than those that govern DOC wines. Nevertheless, many prestigious Portuguese wines are classified as Vinho Regional. This is often because the producer has chosen to use grape varieties that are not permitted for the local DOC, or at least not in those particular combinations or proportions.The looser regulations for Vinho Regional give producers greater scope for individuality, although these wines still have to fulfil certain criteria as to grape variety, minimum alcohol content and so on.


Vinho (Wine)

Vinhos (Wines) are Portugal's simplest wines, subject to none of the rules stipulated for quality or regional wines. Note, however, that a very few really stunning wines are labelled simply as table wines. These tend to be from ambitious growers who have chosen to work outside the official rules, and have deliberately classified their wine as table wine.

People of Portugal and Their Wine

It is this dedication that positioned today Portugal as the hotspot in the international wine scene. When the rest of the world turns into standardization, Portugal keeps truthful and genuine, making wines that are as impressive in quality as genuine in character. A result that could only be achieved with art and soul.

Grape Varieties

Portuguese winemakers have shown a heroic determination to preserve a heritage of more than 250 native grape varieties - and most of these varieties do not exist elsewhere in the world. They are masters in unlocking the potential of a country full of diversity. Vines are planted in all types of soils, from sand to shale, and exposed to diverse microclimates, from the influence of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to the influence of Continental Europe. The result is an exciting range of wines that is as diverse as it is unique.

White Grape Styles

Alvarinho

This northern grape is one of Portugal's finest and most characterful. It was one of the first Portuguese grape varieties to be bottled as a single variety. Its full-bodied, subtly fragrant white wines are easy to recognise, their complex but delicate aromas reminiscent of peach, lemon, passion fruit, lychee, orange zest, jasmin, orange blossom and lemon balm.


Fernão Pires

This is one of Portugal's most planted grapes. It grows more or less all over the country, but is particularly important in the regions of Tejo, Lisboa and Bairrada. It's an aromatic variety - you might detect scents and flavours of lime, lemon, roses and other flowers, tangerines, oranges... and it's best drunk young.
It is also very versatile, sometimes used as a single variety, sometimes blended, sometimes used as a base wine for sparkling wine, and can also be harvested late to make sweet wines.
Fernão Pires vines are frost-sensitive, and best suited to warm or hot climates. Outside Portugal, it has been planted with some success in South Africa and Australia. It prefers fertile soils, and gives high yields.


Encruzado

For the moment, this grape is restricted very much to the DOC Dão, but watch this space. It is one of Portugal's absolutley top white grape varieties. The best examples have delicate aromas of roses and violets, light citrus notes, a touch of resin and, in certain conditions, intensely mineral notes.
Amongst its virtues is the ability to maintain almost perfect balace between sugar and acidity, making serious, rich, structured wines with extraordinary ageing potential. It is used both as a single variety and as a star ingredient in many Dão blends.
The Encruzado vine yields well, presenting no major problems in the vineyard.


Arinto / Pedrenã

This is a versatile grape, grown in most of Portugal's wine regions. In Vinho Verde country, it goes by the name of Pedernã. It makes vibrant wines with lively, refreshing acidity, often with a mineral quality, along with gentle flavours reminiscent of apple, lime and lemon.
Arinto-based wines can keep well but are also delicious young. Because it keeps its acidity, even in hot climates, Arinto is often added to other lower-acid white grapes to improve blends - especially in the hot Alentejo and Ribatejo.
It makes some of its greatest wines in the small DOC region of Bucelas, just north of Lisbon, where it must account for at least 75 per cent of blends (along with Sercial and Rabo de Ovelha).
Its good acidity also makes it a great ingredient for sparkling wines.
Arinto's medium-sized bunches are tightly packed with small grapes.

Red Grape Styles

Touriga Nacional

Few would dispute that the Touriga Nacional is Portugal's finest red grape variety, deserving a place right up at the top of the world league of grapes, along with the likes of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo. Though Northern in origin, it has spread right across the country - you will find it down south in the Algarve and the Alentejo, out west in the Ribatejo/Tejo and Setúbal regions, successfully competing with the local Baga grape in Bairrada, and way out mid-Atlantic in the Azores. Touriga Nacional is a thick-skinned grape, and those skins are rich in colour and tannins, giving excellent structure and ageing capicity. But it also has wonderful, intense flavours, at the same time floral and fruity - ripe blackcurrants, raspberries - with complex hints also of herbs and liquorice. Yields are never high. The Dão and Douro regions both claim to be the origin of this fine grape, and the rest of the winemaking world is beginning to wake up to its quality.


Castelão

This is one of the most commonly-planted grapes in the south of the country. It is especially popular in the regions Tejo, Lisboa, Península de Setúbal and Alentejo, and is happiest in hot climates and dry, sandy soils. It performs at its best in the Palmela region of the Setúbal Peninsula south of Lisbon, in old vineyards in the hot, sandy soils around Peceirão. Castelão grapes from carefully-managed, low-yielding old vines can be made into well-structured wines with plenty of tannin and acidity, and fruit reminiscent of redcurrants, preserved plums and berries, sometimes with a hint of well-hung game. Castelão is rarely able to shake off a rustic character. The best examples can age very well, sometimes resembling fine old Cabernet when mature.


Touriga Franca

This is one of the structural pillars of red Douro blends, and also one of the five officially recommended grapes for port. It's the most widely planted grape in the Douro, currently accounting for around a fifth of total vineyard area, and it is now much planted right across the northern half of Portugal. The Touriga Franca makes richly-coloured, dense yet elegant wines with copious blackberry fruit and floral notes (roses, rock roses, wild flowers...) and firm but velvety tannins that contribute to the ageing potential of blends - it is often blended with Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional. Apart from the quality of its wines, it is popular in the vineyard for its resistance to pests and diseases and its reliably good crops of healthy grapes.


Baga

Bairrada is the famous home of the difficult Baga grape, but it is also to be found widely elsewhere in the Beiras, including Dão. Baga grapes are small and thick-skinned (which makes for high tannin levels in the juice), and the grapes ripen late, indeed inadequately in cooler, damper years, especially if planted in an inappropriate place. Baga performs best on clay soils and requires good exposition to the sun. Even then, it is highly susceptible to rot, especially in September rains. The vines produce exuberant foliage, creating a lot of work in the vineyard for quality-conscious growers. When the grapes ripen well, in dry years, Baga wines have deep colour and a rich but lean, tannic, high-acid structure, with clear flavours of berries and black plums and hints of coffee, hay, tobacco and smoke. Though often astringent when young, Baga wines (especially the best ones from Bairrada) can age remarkably well, softening and gaining elegance and a herby, cedary, dried fruit complexity.


Tinta Roiz / Aragonês

This is one of the rare grape varieties to be prized on both sides of the border. Tempranillo to the Spanish, the Portuguese call it by two different names depending on the region: Aragonês and Tinta Roriz (the latter name is used only in the Dão and Douro regions). In recent years it has spread rapidly throughout the Dão, Ribatejo/Tejo and Lisboa regions.
It can make rich, lively red wines that combine elegance and robustness, copious berry fruit and spicy flavour. It's an early variety (that's what "Tempranillo" means in Spanish). The vines are very vigorous and productive and adapt well to different climates and soils, altough it prefers hot, dry climates on sandy or clay-limestone soils.
It tends to be blended with other varieties, typically Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, and also with Trincadeira and Alicante Bouschet in the Alentejo.


Trincadeira / Tinta Amarela

Rich in colour, with good acidity and rarely an excess of alcohol, Trincadeira (as it's known in the Alentejo) or Tinta Amarela (if you are speaking to a Douro producer) makes wines of serious quality when ripe, but it does not always achieve ripeness.
Properly ripened, it has vibrant raspberry fruit tempered by herby, peppery, spicy, floral complexity, and it can age well. Under-ripe, it tastes herbaceous.
It is a difficult vine to grow, producing exuberant amounts of foliage and needing constant trimming to prevent those vegetal flavours. Yields are generally high, but unreliable. It is very sensitive to rot and other vineyard diseases. For this reason it does better in hot, dry places, and is therefore particularly at home in the Alentejo and Tejo areas: these are the regions where it really shines. But it is grown throughout Portugal.

Portuguese Wine with Food

Portugal has so many wine styles and flavours, indeed some fascinating flavours that you can find nowhere else in the world. Whatever the occasion, whatever the dish, you need look no further for a fitting wine.

WINES

Quinta dos Quatro Ventos Tinto 2009
Douro
(0,75L)

Aging: 12 months in new French oak barrels and Russian oak.
Very concentrated currant colour. Very present fragrance of ripe fruits mixed with toasted notes of wood.
Dense and full-bodied wine with very elegant tannins.
Smooth taste, well structured, very persistent, with great harmony between the flavours.
Grape Varieties: Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional
Alcohol: 14% vol.

Tinto da Ânfora Tinto 2010
Alentejo
(0,75L)
Ageing: 12 months in oak barrels.
Aromas of red fruit such as ripe black cherries. In the palate, full upfront fruit characters of plum and blackberry and a mouth filling wine with soft fine tannins and a lingering finish.
Grape Varieties: Aragonez, Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14,5% Vol.

JP Private Selection Red 2010
Península de Setúbal
(0,75L)
Ageing: 12 months is oak barrels. Once bottled, it ages further in the bottle.
In our cellars, presenting the traditional characteristics of a Palmela wine in its ‘adult' stage.
Aromas and flavours of red fruit jam, combined with notes of dried fruits and spices.
Grape Varieties: Syrah, Castelão, Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14,5% Vol.

VALE DA CALADA TINTO 2010
Alentejo
(0,75L)
Handpicked grapes, 5 days maceration time, temperature controlled fermentation, 20% aged in barrels Notes of eucalyptus and black cherries.
Tannins well balanced and juicy with mild flavour on the palate.
Grape Varieties: Aragonez, Trincadeira and Syrah
Alcohol: 14,5% Vol.

PLANÍCIE Regional Ribatejano

(0,375l; 0,75L; BiB 5L)
It’s aged in French oak barrels during 6 months. Dark rubi colour and ripe red fruits aroma.
Round and very well balanced in the mouth with oak flavour and an excellent finish.
Best served at 16º-18º C.
Grape Variety: Castelão e Aragonêz
Alcohol: 12,5%
Total Acidity: 6,5 g/L
Residual Sugar: <2 g/L

PLANÍCIE Regional Tejo

(0,75L; BiB 5L)
Fermented in stainless steel vats at low temperatures.
Tropical fruits aroma, very fresh and very well balanced in the mouth with good acidity.
Best served at 8º C.
Grape Variety: Fernão Pires
Alcohol: 12,5%
Total Acidity: 4,7 g/L
Residual Sugar: 2.2 g/L
In June 7, 2013 Planíce wines were awarded with the gold medal in the national competition of wines.

DONA MÉCIA Reserva 2010

(0,75L)
It has a limpid aspect, with an intense rubi colour, Rich and full flavours, showing ripe fruit and jam Flavours, ending with elegance and with vanilla notes.
In the mouth, it is full-bodied, smooth with notes of Red fruits, chocolate and light toast, with persistent and long final taste.
Wine-making process
It is produced by traditional fermentation method in stainless steel vats, with 8-10 days maceration at 28ºC. Its maturation occurs afterwards in barrels of French and American oak about 14 months, then in bottles in the wine cellar.
Characteristics
Appellation: Regional Lisbon
Wine-grape variety: Trincadeira, Castelão, Baga
Alcohol (v/v): 13,5% Total Acidity: 5,60 g/L

Colinas de Fátima

Red (0,75L)
It has a limpid aspect, with intense rubi colour. It has young and fruity flavours like jam. With a smooth and very elegant taste, full-bodied revealing notes of ripe and red fruits, persistent, with good quality tannins very well integrated that ensure some longevity.
Wine-making process
Fermentation by the traditional method in stainless steel vats, during 8 days, at a controlled temperature, between 26º-28ºC.
Afterwards, the malolactic fermentation occurs during 8 months, 1/3 in stainless steel vats, and the other part in barrels of French and American oak.
And finally 6 months in bottles.
Characteristics
Appellation: Regional Lisbon
Wine-grape variety: 30% Periquita, 70% Trincadeira
Alcohol (v/v): 13% Total Acidity: 5,7 g/L

Colinas de Fátima

White (0,75L)
It has a limpid aspect, pale straw colour with intensive flavours and notes of tropical fruits and nuts, characteristic of Fernão Pires grapes. In the mouth, it is fruity, young, Fresh and balanced, ending dry and persistent.
Wine-making process
The grapes harvested by hand, in a farm from the region (Quinta de São Gens), come into the wine cellar in great conditions, where they are crushed, following up with a pellicle maceration of 10 hours, in stainless steel Vats, at a controlled temperature of 18ºC.
Afterwards The wine is fined, cold stabilised, filtered and bottled.
Characteristics
Appellation: Regional Lisboa
Wine-grape variety: Fernão Pires
Alcohol (v/v): 13,5% Total Acidity: 5,2 g/L

LEZÍRIA Table wine

(0,75L; 1L; 5L; BiB 5L, 10L, 20L)
Nice colour wine with red fruits aroma, ripe and well balanced in the mouth, with good persistence.
Best served at 16º C.
Grape Varieties: Various, mainly Castelão
Alcohol: 12,5%
Total Acidity: 6,4 g/L
Residual Sugar: 3,5 g/L

LEZÍRIA Table wine

(0,75L; 1L; 5L; BiB 5L, 10L, 20L)
Yellow pale colour wine with tropical fruits aroma, soft and well balanced in the mouth with very fresh finish and good acidity.
Grape Varieties: Various, mainly Fernão Pires
Alcohol: 12,5%
Total Acidity: 5,9 g/L
Residual Sugar: 2 g/L

Colegiada

Red (0,75L)
It has a limpid aspect, with an rubi-red colour. This wine has a vigorous style but no agressive, warm, with notes of red fruits and spice fitting with a good seasoning dish.
This is a consensual red, easy to appreciate, with polished Tannins, ready to drink.
Appellation: Regional Lisbon
Wine-grape variety: 50% Trincadeira, 50% Castelão
Alcohol (v/v): 13%
Total Acidity: 5,30 g/L

Colegiada

White (0,75L)
It has a limpid aspect with citrus open colour, fresh and Fruits flavours, with notes of tropical fruits. Very full in the mouth, it has notes of fresh fruit and with a final Soft and aromatic.
Appellation: Regional Lisboa
Wine-grape variety: 80% Fernão Pires, 20% Arinto
Alcohol (v/v): 13%
Total Acidity: 5,12 g/L

Casal Frades Table wine

Red (0,75L, BiB 5L, 10L,)
It has a deep rubi colour which reveals a young and Exuberant wine, produced so that it can be consumed from now. Versatile, this wine is sweet and has a final soft and elegant, which turns it into an excellent choice for daily consumption.
Wine-grape variety: Periquita, Trincadeira
Alcohol (v/v): 12,9% Total Acidity: 5,68 g/L

Casal Frades Table wine

White (0,75L, BiB 5L, 10L)
It has a limpid aspect with citrus shiny colour. With Floral notes and citrus flavours, this is a young wine, enveloping and smooth in the mouth that should be consumed while young.
Wine-grape variety: 90% Fernão Pires
Alcohol (v/v): 12,9% Total Acidity: 6,30 g/L

Auren Table wine

Red (0,75L; 1L; 5L; BiB 5L, 10L,)
It has a limpid aspect, with an open rubi colour. Young with red fruits flavours.
In the mouth it is smooth and elegant with a pleasant ending.
A simple wine, right for every day.
Wine-grape variety: Trincadeira, Castelão, Baga
Alcohol (v/v): 12% Total Acidity: 4,95 g/dm3

Auren Table wine

White (0,75L; 1L; 5L; BiB 5L, 10L,)
It has a limpid aspect with citrus colour. Fruits flavours and floral notes coming from Fernão Pires grapes.
In the mouth, it is balanced and fresh.
A simple wine, right for every day.
Wine-grape variety: Fernão Pires, Arinto, Tomarez and Boal
Alcohol (v/v): 12,5% Total Acidity: 4,90g/L

Real Fundação

Red (0,75L)

Elegant aroma of fruits of the forest.
It has limpid aspect with rubi silky colour.
In the mouth it is smooth and elegant with a pleasant ending.

White(0,75L)
It has a limpid aspect with citrus colour.
Fruits flavours and floral notes
Very full inthe mouth, it has notes of fresh fruit and with a final soft and aromatic.


Plexus White


Varieties:
Talia and Fernão Pires 100%
Denomination: Sparkling White Wine
Alcohol: 9,5º Vol.
Wine characteristics:
Clear and bright, greenish citrons colour. Fruity aroma with good intensity suggesting melon.
Fruity taste, sweet, balanced soft and fresh.

Plexus Rose


Varieties:
Castelão
Denomination: Sparkling Rose Wine
Alcohol: 9,5º Vol.
Wine characteristics:
Clear, pink salmon colour. Fruity aroma with good intensity of blackcurrant and raspberry kind.
Fruity taste, sweet, soft, balanced and fresh.

Xairel Red


Varieties:
Castelão, Trincadeira and Camarate.
Denomination: Vinho Regional Ribatejo
Alcohol: 13 Vol.
Wine characteristics:
Clear, garnet colour. Aroma with notes of red fruits.
Full-bodied flavour, soft and balanced.

Xairel White


Varieties:
Fernão Pires, Talia and Trincadeira das Pratas.
Denomination: Vinho Regional Ribatejo
Alcohol: 12,5º Vol.
Wine characteristics:
Clear and bright, lemony colour / open straw.
Mixed intense aroma of flowers and fruits.
Fruity taste, soft, balanced and persistent finish.

Bridão Classic White


Varieties:
Fernão Pires, Talia and Trincadeira das Pratas
Denomination: D.O.C. Ribatejo
Alcohol: 13% Vol.
Wine characteristics:
Clear and bright, lemony color. Fruity aroma, floral and youthful.
Fruity taste, balanced with soft, lingering finish.

Bridão Classic Red


Varieties:
Castelão, Trincadeira and Tinta Roriz
Denomination:  D.O.C. Ribatejo
Alcohol: 13%Vol.
Wine characteristics:
Clear, garnet colour. And fruity with notes of vanilla aroma.
Fruity taste, soft and balanced harmoniously combined with the wood, providing a persistent finish.

Oblisco Sparkling Rose


Rose // (0,75L)
Wine vinificated by maceration process after fermentation at low temperature.
It’s a wine with very attractive rose colour and intense young red fruits aroma.
Fresh and very well balanced in the mouth, with good acidity.
Best served at 4º-6º C.
Alcohol: 11%
Total Acidity: 6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 29 g/L

Oblisco Sparkling White


White // (0,75L)
Wine produced in small quantities at controlled temperature.
This wine has citrus colour and exotic aromas, is fresh with good acidity and very well balanced in the mouth.
Best served at 4º-6º C.
Alcohol: 11%
Total Acidity: 6,6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 29 g/L

SANGRIA With fruit concentrate and aromas

Red // (BiB 5L)
Produced from our best table wine, from Aragonês and Castelão grape varieties with the addition of selected fruit concentrate, mainly orange. Clear ruby colour, with ripe red fruits aroma and cinnamon.
Smooth in the mouth with a good acidity, fresh and refreshing.
Best served extra chilled.
Alcohol: 6,8%
Total Acidity: 4,2 g/L
Residual Sugar: +-90 g/L


SANGRIA With fruit concentrate and aromas

white // (BiB 5L)
Produced from our best table wine, from Fernão Pires and Tália grape varieties with the addition of selected fruit concentrate, mainly citrus fruits. Citrus colour with citrus fruits aromas (orange and lemon) and cinnamon aroma.
Alcohol: 6,9%
Total Acidity: 4,1 g/L
Residual Sugar: +-90 g/L

CASAL GARCIA WHITE

Region:
Vinho Verde, Portugal
Grapes: Trajadura, Loureiro, Arinto, Azal
Alcohol Volume: 10% Vol.
Tasting Notes: presents a citrine colour and a clear appearance.
This is a smooth and fresh wine with a delicate and fruity aroma, young and balanced.
Bottle’s Volume: 0,375L, 0,75L and 1L

CASAL GARCIA WHITE

Region:
Vinho Verde, Portugal
Grapes: Trajadura, Loureiro, Arinto, Azal
Alcohol Volume: 10% Vol.

Tasting Notes: presents a citrine colour and a clear appearance.This is a smooth and fresh wine with a delicate and Fruity aroma, young and balanced.

Closure: Screw cap
Bottle’s Volume: 0,187L

Awards:
THE TASTING PANEL - MAY 2013
88 points
TIME OUT LISBOA - MAY 2013
Mark 10
SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION - 2012
Blue-Gold Award
WINE & SPIRITS - AUGUST 2012
88 points & Extreme Value
WINE ENTHUSIAST - AUGUST 2010
Best Buy

CASAL GARCIA ROSE

Region:
Vinho Verde, Portugal
Grapes: Vinhão, Azal, Borraçal
Alcohol Volume: 10% Vol.
Tasting Notes: presents a rosé colour and a clear appearance.
A very fruity wine with raspberries and strawberries notes.
On the palate the red berries are evident, well balanced with
a nice acidity which portrays this wine with a great freshness.

Awards:
SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION - 2012
Blue-Gold Award & Selected for the Top 100
MUNDUS VINI COMPETITION - 2010
Medalha de Ouro
PAIXÃO PELO VINHO MAGAZINE - FEBRUARY 2011
Wise Buy
WINE ENTHUSIAST – AUGUST 2010
Best Buy

CASAL GARCIA RED

Region: Vinho Mesa, Portugal.
Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bou-chet and Tinta Roriz
Alcoholic Volume: 12% Vol.
Tasting Notes: Presents a violet colour. Red berries notes are
the predominant aromas of this fruity and smooth wine.
Bottle’s Volume: 0,75L

CASAL GARCIA SPARKLING

Medium Dry
Region:
Vinho Mesa, Portugal
Grapes: Loureiro and Arinto
Alcoholic Volume: 11,5% Vol.
Tasting Notes: Very expressive with scents of white flowers,
green apples and tropical fruits. Elegant and delicate, fresh and alive.
Bottle’s Volume: 0,75L

CASAL GARCIA SPARKLING ROSE

Medium Dry
Region:
Vinho Mesa, Portugal
Grapes: Loureiro and Arinto
Alcoholic Volume: 11,5% Vol.
Tasting Notes: Very expressive with scents of white flowers,
green apples and tropical fruits. Elegant and delicate, fresh and alive.
Bottle’s Volume: 0,75L

AVELEDA

Region: Douro, Portugal
Vintage: 2012
Grapes: Gouveio Malvasia and Moscatel
Alcoholic Volume: 12% Vol.
Tasting Notes: bright hue with citrus hints and a finely intense and complex bouquet,
with a prevalence of citrus fruits, white fruits and slight mineral notes.
Har-monious and fine balanced acidity.
Bottle’s Volume: 0,75L

Awards:
Wine Enthusiast, October 2012
87/100 points
Revista de Vinhos, - 15,5 Points,  
Best Buy

AVELEDA ALVARINHO

Region: Regional Minho, Portugal
Vintage: 2012
Grapes: Alvarinho
Alcoholic Volume: 12,5% Vol.
Tasting Notes: a dry wine with a straw colour and a complex flowery aroma,
with accents of peaches and exotic fruits .
On the palate, it offers a very soft and silky elegance,
revealing hints of tropical fla-vors
.
Bottle’s Volume: 0,75L

Awards:
International Wine and Spirits Competition, 2014, Silver Medal - International Wine and Spirits Competition, 2014
16 Points - Revista de Vinhos - Guia de Compras (Angola), 2014
Ultimate Beverage Challenge, 2014
88 Points - Ultimate Beverage Challenge, 2014
87 Points - eRobertParker, 2014
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, 2014 75,85/100 Points - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, 2014
Bacchus 2014 (Unión Española de Catadores), 2014
Bacchus de Oro - 88,4/100 Points - Bacchus 2014 (Unión Española de Catadores), 2014
Tasted 100% Blind - Tasted Journal, 2014 84,5 Points - Tasted 100% Blind - Tasted Journal, 2014
Revista O Escanção, 2014 85 Points - Revista O Escanção, 2014
Selection Magazine (Germany), 2014 84 Points - Magazine Selection (Germany), 2014
Mundus Vini, 2014 83 Points - Mundus Vini, 2014
Mundus Vini, 2013 Gold Medal - Mundus Vini, 2013
Wine Enthusiast, 2013 88 points - Wine Enthusiast, 2013
Wine & Spirits, 2013 90 points - Wine & Spirits, 2013
Wine Magazine, 2013 16,5 points - Wine Magazine, 2013

CHARAMBA

Region: Douro, Portugal
Vintage: 2012
Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca,Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz
Alcohol Volume: 13% Vol.
Tasting Notes: attractive garnet colour, with an enticing aroma of wild berries and vanilla.
On the palate, it reveals itself as an elegant, well-balanced and complex wine.
Bottle’s Volume: 0,75L and 1,50L

CHARAMBA RESERVA

Region: Douro, Portugal
Vintage: 2011
Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca,Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz
Alcohol Volume: 14% Vol.

Tasting Notes: Garnet color and complex flavor, showing black fruit, red berries, coffee, black tobacco and some balsamic notes. The palate is rich, balanced and persistent, highlighting well married scents of wood with the intense fruity notes. Fin-ishes long and pleasant.
Bottle’s Volume: 0,75L

FOLLIES TOURIGA NAC./C. SAUVIGNON

Region:
Regional Beiras, Portugal
Vintage: 2010
Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sau-vignon
Alcoholic Volume: 13% Vol.
Tasting Notes: deep ruby colour, with an intense aroma of berry, oak and vanilla.
Very fresh on the mouth, this wine is seamlessly balanced by firm, supple tan-nins.

Awards:
Gold Medal, China Wine Awards 2012
Gold Medal, Sélections Mondiales des Vins, 2011
91/100 points & Best Buy, Wine Enthusi-ast, August 2010

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