From the importer:
Ample and gentle in the mouth, reveals complexity with hints of roast and minerals but also underwood and ink. Complex, round, edgeless despite the tannic strength. Long aftertaste with a hint of sweetness.
Eladio wanted to make red wine, and he knew Rias Baixas was not the place for it, so he bought an estate with vineyards near his holiday home in the Alentejo and made a red wine which is again about as far from an “industrial” wine as you can get. Four YEARS in new barrels, 3 years in stainless after that, at least six months in the bottle, no clarification, no fining etc. , designed to be drunk on release but will age effortlessly…The methods are somewhat evocative of López de Heredia in the sense that the wine is released when deemed ready to drink, while remaining capable of much longer aging. But the warmer Portuguese climate makes for a broader shouldered vein, not at all overripe but concentrated, minerally, and sublime.
80% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 15% Alicante Bouschet (cross of garnacha and petit bouschet), 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Vineyards average age 25 years in espalier, biodynamic located in Estremoz, North-Central Alentejo
Wine & Spirits 89pts: A blend of touriga nacional, jaen (mencía), tinta roriz (tempranillo) and alfrocheiro, DAC is consistently one of the best buys from Dão. This vintage has a...
Decanter 91pts: Floral and fine yet firm. A very focused, mineral, biodynamic wine with terrific purity of grapefruit and lime; very persistent. From the winemaker: Crystaline citrus color. Delicate tangerine...
From the winemaker: The wines take their name from the Carthusian monks, who since 1598 have lived a life of solitude and prayer in the Monastery of Santa Maria Scala...