Real Companhia Velha is the oldest wine company in Portugal, founded by a royal charter in 1756.
The company’s history has been complex since its foundation as a monopoly controlled by the Marqués de Pombal, then Prime Minister of Portugal. It was briefly dissolved, but restarted as a public company in 1865, eventually becoming Portugal’s largest wine shipper for a period in the 20th century. There are several ranges of Ports and table wines made under the names of the various individual estates within the company.
This Evel red wine is produced from Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz grape varieties, planted in different climates… in a warm climate where wines are structured and elegant, and in a cool climate that permits the slow maturation of grapes and the production of aromatic wines with smooth tannins.
The wine presents a beautiful, deep purple color.
On the nose, powerful dark red fruit and flower aromas such as strawberry, raspberry, cherry, violet and acacia, harmoniously integrated with hints of vanilla. Also showing earthy and aging notes: leather, crushed rocks, and minerals.
On the palate, a smooth, medium-bodied, well-structured dry wine, in which the fruits dominate, that lifted by balanced, subtle oak tannins. The excellent structure divulging a nice complexity of flavors due to its aging in oak. Medium persistent, but fairly acidic finish.
It has a 14% of alcohol content.
Winemaking: this wine is vinified using a longer tanning technique. Fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. Aging for 8 months in oak barrels.
It should be served at a temperature of 16-18 °C.
This wine goes well with red and grilled meat or roast beef.
And what does the name of the wine, ‘Evel’ mean? Reading backward, the Portuguese word ‘leve’ means ‘light’ in English.
And yes … this is a light, everyday wine that is considered a typical Douro reference. Just enjoy!