Chocapalha Red 2015

Quinta de Chocapalha Tinto is a blend of indigenous Portuguese varietals sourced from 16th century vineyards 28 miles northwest of Lisbon. Fermented in traditional granite lagares and stainless steel, the wine is then refined for 18 months in French oak barriques.

Wine Production

The grapes, which were previously de-stemmed, went through a pre-fermenting maceration at low temperatures for 12 hours. Fermentation took place in lagares with successive pressings by machine and in stainless steel vats for 10 days, not exceeding 27ºC. The aging and malolactic fermentation occurred for 18 months in used French oak barriques.

Tasting Notes

Deep violet in color with a powerful bouquet of ripe black fruit, spice and rose, this tinto is elegant on the palate with soft tannins and vibrant acidity leading to a long and expressive finish.

Food Pairing

Pairs well with portabella mushroom burgers or spicy beef stirfry

Production Info
Vineyard name
Quinta de Chocapalha
Vineyard size
75 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous and Clay
Training method
Guyot
Elevation
660 feet
Vines/acre
1600
Yield/acre
1.6 tons
Exposure
Various
Harvest time
September
Bottles produced of this wine
32,270
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
40% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 15% Tinta Roriz, 10% Castelão, 10% Alicante Bouschet
Fermentation container
Lagares
Length of alcoholic fermentation
12 days
Fermentation temperature
79 °F
Maceration technique
Punchdown and Pumpovers
Maceration length
10
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
1 year
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
18 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.5 %
pH level
3.5
Residual sugar
0.6 g/L
Acidity
6.1 g/L

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