CH by Chocapalha

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Wine Description

CH by Chocapalha is an homage to the Swiss origins of the Tavares da Silva family. This wine is a pure expression of Touriga Nacional fermented in traditional granite lagares and aged in French oak barriques for 24 months before bottling.

  

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Acclaim
“Aromas of rich black fruits lead to a powerful wine that has dark fruits, concentration and layers of rich blackberry flavors. Allied to the firm structure, the fruit gives considerable aging potential. So though the wine can be drunk now, it will be much better from 2021.” (Cellar Selection) (Best of Year 2019)
— Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2019
“The touriga nacional vines at this family estate were 31 years old when Sandra Tavares da Silva destemmed the grapes and fermented them in lagars, then aged the wine in French oak barriques. Still young, it has a tight, formal structure, infusing touriga’s violet scents with brisk, juicy blueberry and strawberry flavors. For the cellar.”
— Wine & Spirits, Feb 2020
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Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name
The Vinha Grande Vineyard
Soil composition
Calcareous and Clay
Training method
Guyot
Elevation:
660 feet
Vines/acre:
1600
Yield/acre:
0.8 tons
Exposure:
South-North
Harvest time:
September
Bottles produced of this wine:
3,230
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Winemaking & Aging
Maceration length:
15
Varietal composition:
100% Touriga Nacional
Fermentation container:
Lagares
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
12 days
Fermentation temperature:
79 °F
Maceration technique:
Punchdown
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barriques
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
24 months
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Analytical Data
pH level:
3.9
Acidity:
4.6 g/L
Alcohol:
14.5 %
Residual sugar:
0.6 g/L
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Wine Production

The grapes, previously de-stemmed, go through a pre-fermenting maceration at low temperature. Fermentation takes place in lagares with successive pressings by machine for 12 days, not exceeding 25ºC. The aging and malolactic fermentation occurs in French oak barriques for 22 months, before bottling.