Pintas Character 2017

Pintas Character is made from a field blend of 30 different varieties from the 45-year old Vale de Mendiz vineyard adjacent to the 85-year old Pintas vineyard. Some of the varieties are the indigenous Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, and Touriga Nacional. The wine is fermented in traditional granite lagares and aged for 18 months in 50% new and 50% second-passage French oak barriques.

Wine Production

The harvest was planned for the second week of September in perfect weather conditions. All grapes previously selected and de-stemmed were foot trodden in stone lagares during the fermentation process (10 days). The aging and malolactic fermentation was developed in french oak barrels for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

Rich and powerful, this wine shows notes of raspberry, black cherry and plums. On the palate it is fresh and velvety with well integrated tannins and a long, persistent finish.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Vale de Mendiz vineyard
Vineyard size
30 acres
Soil composition
Schist
Training method
Bush
Elevation
990-1,320 feet
Vines/acre
2,000
Yield/acre
1.6 tons
Exposure
Northern / Southern
Year vineyard planted
1970
Harvest time
September
First vintage of this wine
2005
Bottles produced of this wine
5,500
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
Field Blend
Fermentation container
Stone lagares
Age of Aging Container
New-One year
Length of alcoholic fermentation
10 days
Fermentation temperature
75 °F
Maceration technique
Foot-trodden
Maceration length
10
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barrels
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
18 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14.7 %
pH level
3.62
Residual sugar
0.6 g/L
Acidity
5.3 g/L
Dry extract
30.7 g/L

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