Malvasia (60%), Galego Dourado, Jampal e F. Pires
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Up to 5 years
Serve at 10º-12ºC
Chão Rijo 2019
The wine presents a soft yellow colour with light green reflections. The bouquet shows character of citric and tropical fruits. Strong presence in the palate with a unique mineral touch, reminding the nearby sea. Due to the vineyards specific microclimate, the alcohol content is relatively low.
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Traditional Portuguese varieties. “Chão Rijo” literally means “Hard Soil”. It´s the local expression to identify the argilocalcareous soils of the region. Located at less than 10 km (6,2 miles)from the Atlantic Coast at an average altitude of 110 m (360 feet). Due to the closeness of the sea, the climate is very specific, with a muscular Atlantic influence, i.e. moderate temperatures, constant winds and a high percentage of air moisture. Mists are common till mid-morning due to the presence of the Sintra Mountain, to the South.
The grapes were harvested in the beginning of October. Immediate destemming. Light skin contact (2 hours) inside the press. The resulting must was chilled (6ºC) and cold settling took place overnight. Racked to a stainless steel tank. Fermentation lasted 16 days, with temperature control (15-16ºC). Tank aged for 8 months, with regular bâtonnage. Bottled in July 2019.
Suits a wide range of foods and can also be served as an aperitif wine. It particularly suits the aromatic flavours of Thai and Indian cuisine, grilled fish, shellfish and salads.