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Quinta do Convento Red 2007

7,50 €

Wine produced with the varieties Pinot Noir, Tinta Roriz and Caladoc, has ruby color, flaunts pleasant notes of black plum, tobacco and some mint. In the mouth a good evolution is revealed with elegant tannins and a firm structure confering a long and persistent aftertaste.

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Producer Producer: Quinta do Convento da Visitação
Winemaking: António Ventura
Region Lisboa Regional
Grapes Pinot Noir, Tinta Roriz and Caladoc
Aging 9 months in French oak barrels
Volume Alcohol by Volume: 13,5%
Bottle Size: 75 cl
Harmonizations Red meat and game dishes
Ideal Temperature: 16º to 18ºC

Quinta do Convento is located in Serra de Montejunto (Montejunto mountain) in the heart of the Lisbon appellation, just west of Quinta de Monte d’Oiro and Quinta de Pancas, and east of Óbidos.

History
In 1834, with the extinction of the religious orders in Portugal, the convent of Our lady of Visitation and the property was acquired in an auction by Sebastião Jose de Carvalho, Viscount of Chancelleiros, who builds a magnificent house as well as a cellar to support the vineyards that covered the landscapes of Montejunto mountain.

One hundred years later, the wines acquired high quality, a fact that was noticed by Abel Pereira da Fonseca, an important wine dealer at the time, who buys the Quinta and rebuilds the winery, modernizing the facilities, and trading the wine, a practice that it maintains even after having sold the Quinta to Comendador Nunes Correia.

In 1975, Josué Carvalho, acquired Quinta do Convento, and with his daughter-in-law Cristina de Albuquerque founded in 1997 the Agricultural Society of Quinta do Convento da Visitação.

For more than five hundred years, Quinta do Convento has known only five different owners, always maintaining a family structure. Today, the management of the Quinta is the responsibility of Cristina, who is proud to have restructured the vineyards, acquiring some, and renovating technical equipment and buildings for wine exploration.

Soil
Montejunto terroir features rises of calcareous limestone soils, on limestone bedrock. With an average altitude of about 500 meters and only a few kilometres away from the ocean, this terroir is influenced by Atlantic winds.

Philosophie
The winegrowing attitude adopted is to intervene as little as possible and as naturally as possible in the vineyard. Only traditional viticultural practices are considered. Chemical weed killers are forbidden in keeping with environmental protection: priority is given to the vine's long-term health.

Following this reasoning, fertilizers are uniquely organic and only used on plots that genuinely require additional nutrition. This helps to maintain a good balance and self-regulated low yields, as well as to esteem the vines, reflect the terroir and produce pure, natural wine.Pruning is done with the greatest of care in winter by qualified workers. Each vine is considered individually and treated accordingly. All these efforts result in grapes that are evenly distributed, with excellent sun exposure, and with utmost ventilation due to Atlantic winds, guarantying adequate ripeness.

Grape Varieties
The 16-hectare estate is predominately planted with Touriga Nacional, the signature variety for the great wines of Portugal. This demanding grape variety is perfectly adapted to this region climate and soil. It produces full-bodied, well-structured, long-lived wines famous for their finesse and elegance. In keeping with a longstanding tradition, it is blended with Merlot and Syrah, which add a touch of smoothness and complexity. In certain vintages, Pinot Noir can also be counted on to contribute to the well-known charm of wines from Bourgogne.

The introduction of white Portuguese grape varieties Arinto and Fernão Pires and French grape varieties Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, allowed to produce excellent quality white wines. Arinto confers a fresh and mineral acidity to Quinta do Convento white wine, while Sauvignon Blanc contributes with well ripen fruits and asparagus aromas. On the other, end the grape variety Semillon adds complexity and a persistent buttering sensation as well as a full-body finishing.

An old block stoned vat room, in the centre of the vineyard, built by Viscount de Chanceleiros back in the 19th century was fully recovered to include the most up-to-date wine technologies. Once harvested, it takes only a few minutes to do the grape to get into a refrigerated vat, to ensure it keeps all its qualities.

A model vat room
The first-floor vat room allows the grapes to go into the fermentation vats by natural gravity flow, without the use of pressure or pumping. Combined with the exclusive use of indigenous yeast, this makes for slow fermentation. Extraction takes place gently over a long time to bring out the best quality tannin. Different types of equipment are proposed taking in, top-opened vats, closed vats, wood vats and rotative vats, considering grape variety but they are all fully controlled temperature. This vat room is both resolutely modern and in keeping with the winegrowing tradition.

Fermentation lasts about four weeks but varies according to grape variety, vineyard plot, and degree of ripeness. The wine is run off directly into barrels (French Allier oak (80%) and American oak (20%), where it ages for six to twenty months. The proportion of new barrels is never greater than two thirds. Afterwards the wine ages in the bottle.

The wines
Quinta do Convento has always been a legendary Alenquer (Lisbon) wine. It is deep ruby-red, crimson, and sometimes almost black colour and has a characteristic bouquet of black fruit (especially blackberry), as well as fig, vanilla, cedar, and sometimes cocoa overtones. Quinta do Convento red wine combines power and elegance, as well as concentration and fullness on the palate. Rather sinewy in style clearly a classical wine with a tannic structure that provides excellent ageing potential.

The white wine is citric coloured having gold and green reflexes and is characterized by an exquisite aromatic nose with notes of honey, nuts, citrus fruits and some toast. In the mouth it evidences complexity with balanced acidity, conferring the wine a pleasant and persistent finishing.

The château team is conscious of the fact that they are following the footsteps of more than five centuries of tradition, each period contributing whit technical innovations in the interest of quality and to faithfully reflect the terroir. Despite the young vineyards, Quinta do Convento wines history and winemaking tradition, are the living proof that only very demanding selection, and dedication along the entire process, may achieve great wines.

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