Castelão, one of Portugal's most famed and widely planted varieties, is known for its beautiful, fruit character. Quinta de Chocapalha's interpretation of this varietal is a stunning example. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in French oak for 12 months, this Castelão retains its fresh fruit essence long after its 6 month of refinement in bottle.
The grapes, which are previously de-stemmed, go through a pre-fermentation maceration at low temperatures for 12 hours. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks for 12 days, not exceeding 25ºC. The aging and malolactic fermentation occurred 50% for 14 months in used French oak barriques.
Quinta de Chocapalha Castelão is a radiant purple in color with an alluring nose of fresh raspberries, ripe cherries and subtle nuances of cocoa. The silky tannins and supple body attribute great balance and elegance to the palate.
The perfect pairing for casual barbecue or charcuterie plates.