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Quinta de Chocapalha
The vineyards of Quinta de Chocapalha are situated in the sunny hillsides of the Vinho Regional Lisboa (was known until recently as Estremadura), northeast of Lisbon. They have been referred to as having excellent vineyards and wines since the 16th century.
Great improvements in cultivation techniques in the 45 hectares of vineyards have taken place since the current owners, Alice and Paulo Tavares da Silva, acquired the property in the the 1980's. With the 2000 vintage it was decided that the vineyards had reached sufficient maturation and a wine of exceptional quality could be produced. Under the oenological direction of their well-known daughter Sandra Tavares da Silva, the wines show that they are amongst the finest in Portugal and continually garner rave reviews and are in high demand.
2017 Mar de Lisboa Branco
85% Arinto & 15% Verdelho
Intense citric bright colour, very fresh and aromatic nose with citric and tropical fruit notes. On the palate it is fresh, with fine intensity.
2015 Mar de Lisboa Tinto
40% Tinta Roriz, 29% Touriga Nacional, 20% Touriga Franca & 11% Syrah
Deep violet in colour. Good concentration on the nose with rich perfume notes of mature black fruit. Very fine on the palate with soft tannins combined with good acidity and long aftertaste. It is a wine to enjoy with or without food.
2013 Mar da Palha Tinto
75% Syrah & 25% Touriga Nacional
This blend of 75% Syrah and 25% Touriga Nacional shows a vibrant nose with spicy blackberry, currant and plum fruit. Ripe and generous, offering a lovely mouthful of dark plum and blackberry fruit balanced with savory notes; and, finishes with silky and very fine tannins.
2015 Tinto Vinho da Lisboa
45% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz, 15% Touriga Franca, 10% Alicante Bouschet & 10% Castelão
An estate wine expertly crafted by Sandra da Silva Tavares (also the winemaker at Quinta do Vale Dona Maria). All grapes were hand-selected, de-stemmed then foot-trodden separately in stone largares and went through a low temperature pre-fermentation maceration to retain the ripe fruit flavours. Aged in French oak, mostly 2nd and 3rd passage for 16 plus months.
Intense red colour and having the taste of very mature red fruit and good aging; the palate is intense and balanced with a long aftertaste. Rich perfume with notes of very ripe black fruit and floral notes.
92 Pts - Wine Enthusiast
2015 Arinto by Chocapalha Vinho Branco
Arinto is a Portuguese white wine varietal that produces fresh, citrusy wines with great acidity. This wine was fermented in stainless steel and left on its lees for 6 months to add richness. Very versitile as an aperitif; great with cold-cuts, pastas, shellfish and other seafoods. Consume at 10-12°C to release its charm.
2018 Sauvignon Blanc by Chocapalha
Intense bright colour, very fresh and aromatic nose with classic asparagus notes and tropical fresh fruits. On the palate it is balanced, with fine intensity, fresh and good length.
2016 Castelão by Chocapalha
The grapes, from 30 year old vines, went through a pre-fermentation low temperature maceration for 12 hours. A 10 day, 26ºC fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. The aging and 50% malolactic fermentation occurred over the next 14 months in used French oak barriques.
The wine is an intense red colour. Very fruity, elegant and charming to both the nose and palate with amazing sweet and silky tannins. The aftertaste is long and very fresh.
89 Pts - Wine Enthusiast
2015 Vinha Mae
40% Tinta Roriz, 30% Touriga Nacional & 30% Syrah
Deep colour of violet tonality and good concentration in the nose. Rich perfume of ripe black fruit and floral notes. Beautifully structured with rich tannins this wine has an amazing aging capacity. The aftertaste is solid, elegant and persistent.
94 Pts - Wine Enthusiast
2017 CH by Chocapalha Branco
Very fine and elegant, with citric and minerals notes. It shows excellent acidity, good texture and very long aftertaste. Great potential for aging.
91 Pts Wine Enthusiast
2017 CH by Chocapalha Tinto
Deep colour of violet tonality, good concentration in the nose. Rich perfume of ripe black fruit and floral notes. On the palate it shows velvety tannins very well integrated which confer an excellent body and amazing aging capacity.
2015 Guarita da Chocapalha
Very deep and opaque colour, with great density of black fruit and chocolate in the nose, with a rich but very elegant profile. On the palate this wine shows big volume, with a silky texture, complemented by high quality tannins which confer an excellent body and an amazing aging capacity.
93 Pts - Robert Parker