Herdade do Portocarro
The Herdade do Portocarro estate is one of Portugal’s most original wine projects. It also has a very peculiar name, doesn’t it? Portocarro translates to “Car Port” or “Port for Cars”. Very peculiar.
Located near the Atlantic and halfway between the Setúbal Peninsula and the Alentejo region, this 142-hectare property (where the vineyard occupies approximately 15 hectares) dares to produce wine in an area where no one else does.
The estate’s name is inspired by the region’s highest point, formerly known as “carro” (car).
In addition, there is also the inspiration of the small pier (porto) that has marked the landscape for many centuries – since when transport was mainly by river – and which makes up the first half of the word. And so “Portocarro” was born.
The region is crossed by the River Sado and is characterised by hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters.
José da Mota Capitão, owner and producer of the estate, has recovered extinct indigenous grape varieties and experimented with some of the more classic Portuguese varieties. The result is there for all to see: innovative, award-winning wines and great reviews, including the title of Producer of the Year in 2016 by Wine Essência do Vinho magazine.
The project’s philosophy is to produce high-quality wines in limited and exclusive quantities.
So, you can rejoice to have a bottle like this in front of you.
Região: Setúbal Peninsula
Enólogo: : José da Mota Capitão
Castas: Aragonês, Cabernet Sauvignon e Touriga Nacional
O Vinho:The Herdade do Portocarro estate is one of Portugal’s most original wine projects. Located near the Atlantic and halfway between the Setúbal Peninsula and the Alentejo region, this 142-hectare property (where the vineyard occupies approximately 15 hectares) dares to produce wine in an area where no one else does.
The owner and producer, José da Mota Capitão, inspired by biodynamic viticulture, has been recovering extinct native grape varieties and experimenting with some of the classic Portuguese varieties. This has given rise to unique, innovative wines full of personality. Nominated for producer of the year in 2015 and having won the title of “Producer of the Year in 2016” by the most renowned Portuguese wine magazine “Wine Essence of Wine” – Herdade do Portocarro has been positioning itself in the ranking of the best national wine producers.
Soil: Clay with high calcium and silica levels
Other characteristics: The vineyard is surrounded by trees and the vines arranged with a north-south orientation on top of a south-facing hill 60 metres above the Sado river valley. The days are warm and the nights cold. The grapes are picked and selected by hand.
Winemaking Process: Fermentation in oak vats. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Intense garnet colour with aromas of ripe plum, mixed with wild berries, spice and toasted wood. In the mouth, it’s enveloping, showing great balance and a very long finish founded on fine and elegant tannins.
Serving/Pairing: Pairs with meats.
Total Acidity: 4.9 g/L
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