Wine

Wine selection for November

"Life, my Love, wants to live it! In the same cup raised in your hands, Mouths united we shall drink it!" – Florbela Espanca

Beautiful in its welcoming bareness, November augurs a new vegetative cycle. After the grape harvests, ready to receive the autumn rains that restore it, the land is prepared for the new vine season. This resting phase takes place throughout autumn until the beginning of winter, giving way to the pruning season. With the leaves already fallen, the sticks are cut more or less severely, in order to regularise and activate future harvests. But while nature invigorates itself, let us make a toast. Let us quench our thirst with past wine that inebriates us and tells tales of tradition, of the land, and of wine.

In order to greet life and drink it in generous sips, our sommelier Fernando Mansilha has selected three wines with personality, the Quanta Terra Phenomena Rosé 2021, from the Douro, the Julio B.Bastos Alicante Bouschet Tinto 2012, from the Alentejo and the Kopke 40-year-old Tawny port, also from the Douro wine region.

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Quinta do Tralhão, located in Alto Douro, gives body and space to an ambitious project of two visionaries, Celso Pereira and Jorge Alves, who gathered to give life to a common passion. Quanta Terra was born in the 90s, the result of an intense two-year study on grape varieties, grafts, altitudes, and exposures in the search for excellent soils and vineyards. It is in 1999 that they launch their first wine, Quanta Terra Tinto. "The character of the wine is determined by the Terroir and the quality is determined by Man." - this is how they define their wines.

Quanta Terra Phenomena Rosé 2021, is a wine with personality, vibrant, firm, and sophisticated, produced from the Pinot Noir grape variety. At the same time, it presents delicate and fine aromas.

Tasting notes by our sommelier:

“The wine presents a light pink colour. On the nose it shows some fruit notes, such as raspberry, but it is also quite spicy, especially white pepper. It also reveals a somewhat floral note, particularly of roses. In the mouth it is quite fresh and reveals a vibrant acidity, in which spicy notes predominate. Medium finish.” – Fernando Mansilha.

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Júlio Bastos is one of Portugal's most famous producers. He is a multifaceted man, with a life full of stories of struggle, defeat, conquest, reinvention, and overcoming.  The culmination of all this was to restart this project with his personal stamp and the fruit of an unshakeable will to do the best possible: Dona Maria wines. Located in Estremoz, this house, also known as Quinta do Carmo, is home to the production of one of the most prestigious wine brands. "The Dona Maria wines are the result of detailed work, from the vineyard to the blend." - Júlio Bastos.

The Julio B.Bastos Alicante Bouschet Red 2012 is a tribute to the producer's father, Júlio Bandeira Bastos. It results from the selection of the best grapes from the old vines of Alicante Bouschet, subsequently trodden in marble mills and vinified at controlled temperatures. Aging takes place for 14 months in French oak barrels. The result could not be better, a dense, silky, and mature wine is presented.

Tasting notes by our sommelier:

“Ruby colour with slight orange highlights. Nose of ripe fruit, particularly black cherry and blackberry. Notes of jam and chocolate. In the mouth it has good volume, with present but polished tannins. The fruit remains present, revealing a balsamic note. Long finish with a slight mentholated and earthy note.” – Fernando Mansilha

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To finish his selection, our sommelier chose Kopke 40 Years Tawny. No introduction necessary, this house is a milestone in the history of port wine, for being the oldest to produce it. The Douro gives it a home and blesses the union between the will of man and the gift of nature. This port wine is remarkable, robust and highly prestigious. "High quality wine, obtained by blending wines from vintages of different years, in order to acquire a complementarity of organoleptic characteristics typical of this style of aged tawny." - Kopke. Let us therefore delight in its vigorous and persistent finish.

Tasting notes by our sommelier:

“It is a deep amber-coloured wine with greenish tinges. Nose with notes of dried fruits such as sultanas, figs and walnuts, as well as vanilla and honey notes. In the mouth it is voluminous, silky, revealing the same notes present in the nose. Long finish, powerful but with a slight freshness.” – Fernando Mansilha