Dorina Lindemann, one of the most well-known female oenologists in Portugal, has developed her wines of distinctive character at her 65-hectare Quinta da Plansel wine estate. While Portuguese wines are much known for their blending, Quinta da Plansel focuses primarily on monovarietal wines. Doing so allows the true potential of the grape to be revealed, as is the case with the Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Barroca, often used individually to produce their top wines.
Here, in Montemor-o-Novo, in the Evora sub-region of the Alentejo, a unique microclimate provides excellent conditions for pithy terroir wines. Soils are residual granite and metamorphic sedimentary. Plenty of sun, low rainfall, and the large differences between maximum and minimum temperatures ('diurnal range') combine to produce the climatic conditions required for fine, aromatic grapes which are harvested only when mature. Competent work in the vineyard and the cellar, and a love of precise attention to detail result in some very special wines indeed.
For this wine, hand-picked grapes are chilled overnight and then slowly fermented within 4 weeks in traditional lagars. Maturation is for 12 months in French oak barriques.
50% Aragonez and 50% Tinta Barroca.
Intense dark garnet color. Sweet and concentrated wild fruit with soft floral hints. A touch of dark chocolate, vanilla and marzipan. On the palate a little earthy with an idea of canned fruit, very dense, smooth and elegant with an amazing soft and fruity finish.
Ageing potential is around 5 years from vintage.
ABV = 14.5%.