Foz de Arouce Vinhas Velhas de Santa Maria 2015

A wine made completely from old-vine Baga grapes, this wine begins the fermentation process with fully destemmed bunches in stone lagares. This is followed by malolactic fermentation in 100% new French oak barrels, where the wine will remain for 14 months.

Wine Production

Temperature-controlled fermentation of fully de-stemmed bunches in troughs and stainless steel tanks, following a long maceration. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels.

Tasting Notes

A wine that gets better with age, Vinhas Velhas de Santa Maria is deep red in color and has aromas of jam, prunes and cherries. Complex and full bodied, this wine has subtle notes of chocolate with an acidity typical of this variety over a long and persistent finish.

Food Pairing

A good accompaniment to hunting birds (such as pheasant, quail or partridge), red meat (game or deer), grilled or roasted meat and aged, hard cheeses.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Quinta de Foz de Arouce vineyard
Vineyard size
6 acres
Soil composition
Schist
Training method
Double-Guyot Cordon
Elevation
660-825 feet
Vines/acre
1,400
Yield/acre
1 tons
Exposure
Northeastern
Year vineyard planted
1724
Harvest time
September
First vintage of this wine
1987
Bottles produced of this wine
2,500
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Baga
Fermentation container
Stone Lagares
Age of Aging Container
New
Length of alcoholic fermentation
10 days
Fermentation temperature
79-82 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers and Foot-trodden
Maceration length
6
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barrels
Length of bottle aging
12 months
Size of aging container
300 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
14 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14 %
Residual sugar
4 g/L
Acidity
5.2 g/L

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