Dão Tinto

Dão

Grão Vasco

The wines are now made under the watchful eye of Beatriz Cabral de...

Almeida, who is also in charge at Quinta dos Carvalhais. Carvalhais is a 105-hectare property, which today has 50 hectares under vine, was purchased by the Guedes family in 1988. Today, winemaker Beatriz Cabral de Almeida makes an increasingly impressive range of wines from estate vineyards, which are situated at an altitude of 465-500 metres above sea level. This estate, under the sure guidance of Beatriz, makes modern wines from native Portuguese varieties that show the best of what this country can produce.

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Vineyards

Fruit is sourced from various estates surrounding the Quinta dos Carvalhais vineyards in the Mangualde commune in Dão. All grapes used in Grão Vasco were produced in accordance to sustainable production guidelines.

Vintage Information

The start of the vegetative cycle in 2017 was unusually warm with irregular, sparse rainfall. Only during budburst and flowering, in March, did temperatures drop and precipitation levels rise for the duration of spring, replenishing the water levels in the soil that are crucial in the hotter months. Although there was considerable rainfall, the estate's viticultural team managed to prevent diseases of any kind. Summer was dry with high temperatures and the plants benefited from the fresh nights of August and September. Some rainfall prior to harvest helped the development and final maturation of the grapes. The harvest itself was very similar to that in 2015, which produced wines of excellent quality.

Vinification

Grapes were destemmed and softly crushed before the must was transferred to temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Fermentation lasted approximately five days with several rounds of pumping over to ensure good extraction of colour, flavour and phenolics from the grape skins. The wine was then stored in stainless steel before it was pressed off the skins with pneumatic presses. Malolactic fermentation was encouraged and once complete, the wine was stored in stainless steel tanks before bottling.

Tasting Notes

This wine is bright ruby red in colour and has lively, compelling aromas of strawberries, blackberries and cherries combined with balsamic and floral nuances. It is medium-bodied, with round tannins and a balanced, lively acidity, which makes this an extremely appealing wine that can be served as an aperitif or with main courses.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 41% Touriga Nacional
33% Tinta Roriz
14% Alfrocheiro
12% Jaen Tinto
Region Dão
Winemaker Beatriz Cabral de Almeida
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 4.8g/l
Wine pH 3.7