Castelão 2016

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.

Wine Production

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.

Tasting Notes

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. 

Food Pairing

The perfect pairing for casual barbecue or charcuterie plates.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Quinta de Chocapalha
Vineyard size
25 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous and Clay
Training method
Guyot
Elevation
660 feet
Vines/acre
1600
Yield/acre
2 tons
Exposure
South-North and East-West
Harvest time
third week in September
Bottles produced of this wine
4,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Castelão
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
Two years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
10 days
Fermentation temperature
79 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers
Maceration length
10
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barrels
Length of bottle aging
6 months
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13 %
pH level
3.7
Residual sugar
0.6 g/L
Acidity
4.9 g/L

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