Sometimes, extraordinary things happen in a simple box of wine.
This month’s Mystery Box is one of those situations.
And this Lobo de Vasconcellos e another incredible wine.
An outstanding, captivating Alentejo wine, capable of keeping you in your seat and grasping your glass tightly. Yes, in your seat. This wine must be taken at a table. No rushing. No looking at the time. Deep in conversation. Just as is correct.
This family Project by Manuel Lobo explores two of the family’s estates – the Herdade da Perescuma, in Vendinha; and the Herdade do Zambujal do Conde, in Évora.
If you haven’t heard of him, Manuel Lobo is, among many other things, the oenologist responsible for the Quinta do Crasto wines.
As for the wine, what we can confidently say is for you to be ready to pick your jaw up off the floor.
The easiness with which you get transported to the Alentejo plains and stay on to see the scenery every time you take a sip of this wine is inexplicable.
You can almost feel yourself getting lost in the immensity of the landscape, which seems to have no end. The region is one of Portuguese wine’s great sanctuaries.
This wine will have you crying for more.
Just as we said above, this wine demands time.
Well, not requires – demands. It’s a classic case of a wine that pairs exceptionally well with cheese and Portuguese-style smoked cold meats and sausages.
Talking about this wine has left us with an enormous desire to open a bottle, slice some cheese, grab some toasted bread and smoked sausages and talk on into the night.
That’s our suggestion for you.
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Varieties: Alicante Bouschet, Aragonês and Touriga Nacional
Winemaking process: The grapes from our vineyard were transported in plastic 22 kg boxes and subject to a rigorous selection in the wine cellar. After destemming and a light crushing, the wine must was transferred to stainless-steel fermentation vats and kept under controlled temperatures. Remounting was executed according to the evolution of the variety’s fermentation.
Tasting Notes: Part of the wine aged in French oak barrels during 6 months.
Tasting Notes: Bright violet in colour, excellent aromatic intensity from which fresh red fruit notes and elegant spice notes are standouts. A seductive wine, fantastic density, solid structure composed by elegantly textured tannins. Finishes harmoniously and with excellent persistence.
Serving/Pairing: Fatty fish, “pot-stewed” meats, game meats and cheeses.
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by Chef Vítor Santos, Nó de Gosto restaurant, Tavira