Have you already heard about the Trás-os-Montes wine region in Portugal?
The region owes its name (translated in English: ‘behind-the-hills’) to its location: it is located beyond the mountains of Marão and Alvão, north of the Douro River and east of Minho, extending itself to the Spanish territory.
Already during the occupation of the Romans, the vine was cultivated and the wine was produced in the region of Trás-os-Montes.
The climate in summer is dry and hot and in winter the temperature goes sometimes below 0 ºC. The soils are essentially granitic, and poor, with spots of shale, and in a small area, it is possible to find scale deposits of alluvial.
The white wines are smooth and with a floral aroma. The red wines are, mainly, fruity and slightly astringent.
This DOC red wine was produced by the FGwines project, which is mentored by Francisco Gonçalves who is also the winemaker responsible for this Mont’alegre brand wines.
With extensive experience in the wine industry, they make wines with identity, which are mirrors of the effort and passion they dedicate to the details of their project.
This wine is a blend of old vines (‘Vinhas Velhas’), grapes of old vineyards, from the vintage 2020.
It presents a deep ruby color in the glass with strong wine tears thanks to the 14,5% alcohol level.
Soft aromas of wild fruits on the nose (blackberries, prunes, and black cherry), harmoniously combined with woody notes of toast, chocolate, and cinnamon coming from aging in casks.
On the palate, harmonious flavors of ripe fruits with good structure, high and firm tannins, and excellent, medium-high acidity but perfectly integrated. Good complexity. A full-bodied wine with high alcohol and a persistent finish.
The wine should be consumed at 16 °C.
It goes very well with roasts and red meats, and the famous sausages of the region.
Very rustic wine, which evolves over time.