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Monte da Ravasqueira

Monte da Ravasqueira

  • Portugal
Located in the municipality of Arraiolos, about an hour`s drive from Lisbon, the Monte da Ravasqueira estate occupies a vast area of typical Alentejan landscape. The excellent geological conditions and the unusually cool climate are well suited to the production of some of the best wine that the Alentejo has to offer. A great deal has been invested in planting vines and acquiring sophisticated, modern winemaking equipment. The vines are planted in clay limestone soil with granite outcrops which lend the grapes their distinctive minerality and freshness.

This Guarda Rios Branco is a fresh white blend of native Antão Vaz and Arinto, grown on five hectares of clay limestone soil with granite. Hand-harvested, the juice remains on the lees with a little influence from battonage for 3 months before bottling. A bright example from this region reinvented. The Guarda Rios Tinto is a blend of Aragonez (70%) and Trincadeira (30%), from a 44-hecare vineyard, grown on clay-limestone with granite. These grapes are harvested late at night before being cool fermented for two days. The Vinha das Romãs Tinto is a premium blend of Syrah and Touriga Franca, grown on 7.5 hectares of a vineyard that used to grow pomegranate trees (Vinha das Romãs means `the Pomegranate Vine`), this is a fabulous expression of the modern Alentejo. The wine spends 9 months in French oak barrels, showing complex black fruit, cedar, wild berries, mix of spices, cardamom and earthy characteristics, a lot of freshness and a granitic mineral finish.

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