Espargal de D. Luís Castelão
Espargal (directly meaning “area where asparagus is cultivated or grows”) is a term from the Ribatejo region of Portugal referring to the transition area between the “farmlands” (the Lezíria), which produce less concentrated and less full-bodied grapes or wines to the “bairro” (neighbourhood) area, known for producing denser and fuller-bodied grapes or wines. In essence, it is a geographical area of transition within the Tejo terroir.
The Casa Agrícola Rebelo Lopes is a family-owned business whose mission is to make authentic wines with as little intervention as possible. They’re just about to celebrate their tenth anniversary in the new winery in the Quinta Nova (Riachos), on lands that have been in the family for four generations. The property was acquired in the 20th century by Zé da Leonor, as he was commonly known.
Each wine they produce combines modern techniques with antique practices while looking to achieve the vineyard and winery’s sustainability. They also firmly strive for recognition for genuine quality.
This wine follows the same base philosophy. Launched in May of 2022, the goal is to pay tribute to the D. Maria Madalena de Saldanha Veiga Maltez family, owner of the Quinta de Miranda located in Azinhaga, near Golegã, from which originate the Castelão grapes used in its production.
D. Luís was, in reality, the Coronel D. Luís de Saldanha Oliveira e Sousa, D. Maria Madalena’s father and producer of highly-spoken wines in the region.
Only 1100 bottles were produced by the oenologist Felipe Sevinate Pinto. This wine is one of the very few Castelão single-variety from the Tejo region, despite it being one of the varieties that occupies the most land in that area.
Now, it’s time to taste this wine’s elegance and look for the beautiful plum aroma hiding inside.
Oenologist: Filipe Sevinate Pinto
Winemaking Process:Produced in brand-owned cellar. Destemming and crushing at low temperature followed by fermentation using only native yeasts in stainless steel vats at 25°C.
Ageing: Entirely aged in used French oak barrels. Gently filtered before bottling.
Tasting Notes: Medium garnet colour. Elegant nose of plum, tobacco and spices from the barrel used for ageing. Medium-bodied in the mouth, with firm and fine tannins, captivating texture and freshness.
Total Acidity: 5.76 g/L
Total Sugars: 1.8 g/L