Lapa dos Gaivões tinto
Lapa dos Gaviões (Hawk Enclosure) is known for the shelter or cave where you can see rock painting thought to be about 14 thousand years old.
Makes you think, doesn’t it? To think that 14 thousand years ago, there were other human beings walking around here in a world completely different to ours makes you travel in time.
And if that trip isn’t enough, you can always get your car and make your way to the Parque Natural de São Mamede to see these paintings with your own eyes.
The mission of the company created by João Matos Barbosa is very clear:
“The obvious, the easy and the evident have no place in our company where all family members collaborate and where there is total dedication to producing with the best, the original, with what the terrain gives us, both in the Alto Alentejo and Tejo regions”.
This is a man who’s been in the wine business since 1976, when he started working at Caves Teodósio, a winery founded by his grandfather. For João Matos Barbosa, family is above everything else.
Family first and then all the friends who are practically family anyway.
That’s how the harvest is done every year. Among friends. A moment for celebration and much joy.
It’s also curious that the Adega Valle de Junco (Valle de Junco winery) – where this Lapa dos Gaviões is produced – was built in a small town called Esperança (Hope).
Dark in colour and with an intense, very concentrated flavour, this is an Alentejo wine in all its glory. A very balanced wine where the presence of floral aromas is very noticeable and, of course, the strength of the Alentejo red fruits are deeply present.
But the surprise that is left to the end, as is often the case with great wines, is unforgettable.
This wine is undoubtedly great company to any meat dish ou for apiring with cheeses.
So much chit-chat has probably made you thirsty, right?
You’re in for a fantastic evening.
Acidic, poor and fine-textured soils. Mediterranean climate with the influence of the Serra de São Mamede mountain range causing wide temperature ranges, potential concentration of acidity and long maturations. Favourable solar exposition with most of the vineyard facing south, vineyard planted on a rocky granite hillside that provokes a competition between the plants and a unique balance between them. This leads to low productions of 3 tons/ha, concentrated grapes of great complexity, delicacy and minerality.
Touriga nacional, Trincadeira, Aragonez and Alicante Bouschet.
Grapes cooled to low temperatures, pre-maceration and fermentation during 8 days at 26°C.
November of 2016 (42 077 bottles)
Dark and dense garnet colour. Intense, concentrated and complex aroma, with floral notes, red fruit and black pepper. Very elegant in the mouth, full of volume with notes of various spices, forest and truffle. Fine, long tannins with freshness and minerality.
Total Acidity (g/L): 5.7
Pork Blade/Shoulder with broad beans and Portuguese-style cured sausage