2017 mateus nicolau de almeida trans douro express, baixo corgo, douro, portgual

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Organically Farmed Red Blend from Portgual’s Douro

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Organically Farmed Red Blend from Portgual’s Douro

Mateus Nicolau de Almeida, of a family with long ties to the Douro, has two new projects which are as exciting as anything his family has done in the past: the Trans Douro Express, and the Eremitas (Hermits).   The farming is organic, and biodynamic practices are also used. Plants are treated with cactus tisane and eucalyptus, all sourced locally from the trees that share the land with the vines.

It is in this biodiverse environment that Mateus now lives with his wife, the Spanish winemaker Teresa Ameztoi, and their young children, continuing the “vigneron” tradition his family fostered in the region, extracting from his grapes the identity of the three different sub-regions of the Douro: the Baixo Corgo, the Cima Corgo, and the Douro Superior.

The results are the wines labelled under Trans Douro Express (red wines made from the Douro native grapes, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Sousao) and Eremitas (three white wines from different plots in the Douro Superior, made from the elegant and noble Rabigato.) Mateus calls the Trans Douro wines his “climate” wines, as they’re influenced by three different micro-climates. The Baixo Corgo sees a mix of Mediterranean and Atlantic weather, the Cima Corgo more purely Mediterranean, and in the Douro Superior the climate becomes more Continental. He likes to think of the Eremitas as “soil” wines, since they come from basically the same vineyard planted on schist, but each one of the wines is sourced from different plots with nuances that distinguishes them.
The 2017 Trans Douro Express Baixo Corgo is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Roriz, and Tinta Barroca, sourced from Baixo Corgo in the westernmost part of the Douro. The climate here has Atlantic as well as Mediterranean influences, with predominantly schist soils. Fermented with native yeasts in concrete; aged for 8 months before bottling. Organic Farming.

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Weight5 lbs


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