Wine Enthusiast 94pts:
The name Mãe translates as “mother vine” and this wine, made from the oldest vines on the estate, delves back into the roots of winemaking by using traditional open fermenting tanks and long wood aging. It is concentrated and ripe, still full of tannins and a powerful, dry and smoky structure. Age this wine for several years and drink from 2020.
From the importer:
Deep violet in color with deep concentration on the nose, boasting a rich perfume of ripe black fruits and floral notes. Elegantly structured with rich tannins, Vinha Mãe has a wonderful capacity for aging.
40% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz, 30% Syrah
Quinta de Chocapalha is nestled between the sun-bathed hills surrounding Alenquer, just northwest of Lisbon.
Vinha Mãe, the flagship red of the estate, translates to “The Mother Vine” in Portuguese and is a testament to the strong yet soothing nature of the wine. Sourced from 27 year old vines and fermented in traditional granite lagares with successive machine pressings, this wine is aged in French oak barriques for 20 months.
Originally acquired in the 1980’s, the 110 acres of nearly abandoned vineyards discovered on the estate dated back to the 16th century; the family immediately embarked on an investment program to replant and regraft the vines with the thriving varietals of the area, both indigenous and international. In 2000, the new plantings had reached optimal maturity when Sandra Tavares, the youngest daughter made her first debut as a winemaker, passionate and eager to produce wine with only the best grapes found on the estate.
Drawing from traditional and modern winemaking influences, Quinta de Chocapalha vinifies in traditional lagares yet employs the use of a mechanical treaders during fermentation; this fine-tuned winemaking philosophy shines through in the wines, which boast both traditional minerality and elegance, while remaining fresh and fruit forward in essence.
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