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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.
2011 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 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.
2015 Quinta de Chocapalha Tinto Vinha da Lisboa
50% Touriga Nacional, 40% Tinta Roriz & 10% Alicante Bouschet
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
2016 Castelão by Chocapalha