Terras de Xisto Reserva, a regional red wine, produced by the Roquevale – Agricultural Society of Herdade Da Madeira, S.A.
Located at the foot of the Serra d’Ossa, Roquevale was founded in 1983 and is part of the wine-growing region of Redondo, currently one of the eight DOC sub-regions of the Alentejo wine region of Portugal. Despite having excellent quality white wines, it is still the reds that make this wine-growing area one of the most prestigious in Portugal.
The two estates owned by the company are Monte Branco, with soils of granitic origin, mainly aimed at the production of white grapes, and Herdade da Madeira Nova de Cima, with red schist soils, dedicated to the production of red grapes. The total vineyard area is around 185 hectares, 80% of red grapes and the rest of white grape varieties.
In a large and beautiful cellar opened in 2003, the highest quality wines are aged in French and American oak barrels and the wine is also aged in the bottle, essential for obtaining high-quality wines.
The previously destemmed grapes are vinified using the classic method of complete tanning, with fermentation temperature control at 28-30 ºC, for about eight days. After alcoholic fermentation, malolactic fermentation takes place to stabilize the wine. After bottling, it rests for a few months in the bottle.
The drink presents garnet color.
Predominant aromas of ripe red fruits on the nose. It shows plums and black cherry followed by floral, herbal and spicy notes, pepper, leather, vanilla and violet.
On the palate, a pleasant, quiet fruity Alentejo red full of vanilla flavor. A dry wine with a medium body, soft and elegant. The fruity, herbal and spicy notes get confirmed in the mouth. Present tannins, medium-high acidity and pleasant finish.
14% of alcohol content.
Consume the drink at 16-18 °C.
As this wine is soft, fresh and easy to please, it can accompany light starters, the Portuguese Codfish, sausages or pizzas.