Mature, impeccably aged blend from two very different DOs. S. Joao’s long-standing history with the growers in this region assures that they have access to the very best fruit – and this wine is only made in the very best vintages. A 25 year old wine that still has many years of longevity in front of it.
1990 92 W&S
25% Baga, 25% Alfrocheiro, 25% Jaen, 20% Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), 5% Camarate. Vines planted in clay soil at 75 m (246 ft) elevation.
Simply prepared fish and poutry dishes; mild, creamy cheeses; roasted mushrooms
Open top fermentation with extended macerations. 24 months aging in cement tanks before being filtered and bottled.
The vineyards in the Dão have one of the best microclimates for viticulture in all of Portugal. Warm and dry throughout the first part of the growing season, the late summer grows rapidly cooler, which allows for slower maturation of fruit and longer hangtime. The vineyards are between 400 and 800m of elevation high in the hills, and are planted on decomposed schist and granite, giving the wines hallmark acidity and minerality. The vineyards in Bairrada are planted in a place literally translated from Portuguese as “place of clay.” Bairrada has a mild, maritime climate with abundant rainfall, which can make the rot-prone Baga a difficult variety to grow, but also what gives the wines the acidity to age so well
Dark purple-garnet. Aromas of leather, pipe tobacco, dried flowers and spices, dried and stewed cherries. On the palate, this is very Nebbiolo-like – well structured and high acid, with dried and fresh red fruit leading to saddle leather and rose petals on a dry finish. Decant for at least 1 hour prior to serving.