Tinto 2009

Mux Tinto is sourced from two parcels with schistous soils, one at an altitude of 250 meters in Foz Côa, facing north. The other is at an altitude of 550 meters in Meda facing south.­ The wine, which is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Sousão, is crushed by foot in traditional granite lagares. It is fermented in steel tanks with indigenous yeasts, after which the wine is aged in Austrian and French oak barrels for 14 months.

Tasting Notes

Deep red in color, this wine’s nose reveals the freshness resulting from high-altitude vineyards. The Touriga Nacional yields notes of balsam, mint, and wood, while the Touriga Franca contributes red fruit aromas. The wine is strong and fresh on the palate, with a perfect balance between acidity and firm tannins and a long, soft finish.

Food Pairing

This wine pairs well with roast beef, magret de canart, and brie or camembert cheese.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Monte Xisto vineyard
Vineyard size
25 acres
Soil composition
Schist
Training method
Unilateral Cordon and Guyot
Elevation
1,155 feet
Vines/acre
1,800
Yield/acre
1.8 tons
Exposure
Northern/Southern
Year vineyard planted
2005
Harvest time
September
First vintage of this wine
2003
Bottles produced of this wine
17,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
60% Touriga Nacional, 35% Touriga Franca and 5% Sousão
Fermentation container
Stone troughs and stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
Five years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
12 days
Fermentation temperature
82 °F
Maceration technique
Foot trodding and pumpovers
Maceration length
10
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Oak barrels
Length of bottle aging
6 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
Austrian and French
Length of aging before bottling
14 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.5 %
Residual sugar
< 2 g/L

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