Morgado do Quintão Castelão
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Morgado do Quintão, owned by Filipe Vasconcellos, is an historic estate with thousand-year-old trees in DOC Lagoa located in Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal. The property encompasses 60 hectares of vineyards which have been in his mother’s family for generations. Recognizing the potential of these old vines, Filipe recruited winemaker Joana Maçanita for her viticulture insight and the minimal interventionalist approach to winemaking that matches the Vasconcellos family’s philosophy. Joana Maçanita, born in Lisbon with family from Algarve, Azores and Alentejo, brings not only engineering and agronomy degrees but also an extensive knowledge of Portugal’s terroir and a commitment to the same mission as Filipe: to show the potential of indigenous grape varieties Crato Branco, Tinto Negra Mole and Castelão.
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?
A rare, single-varietal wine made from Castelão, perhaps the only one made in the Algarve. The label changes with every new vintage and it displays a painting done by curated artists including the matriarch's to the family, Teresa Vasconcellos.
100% Castelão from 50 year old vines. Organically farmed (non-certified)
Perfect pairing with local game dishes like lamb and goat as well as strong cheeses
VINIFICATION AND AGING:
Focus on minimal intervention. Hand-harvested, with a light pressing, pre-fermentation maceration at 14ºC, skin contact for 15 days, aged in French oak barrels for 15 months. A small amount of sulfur added at bottling only. Filtered, but not fined. Vegan.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:
The estate is home to a 7-ha vineyard located 261 ft above sea level in DOC Lagoa (Algarve). The vines are only 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean’s cool maritime influence yet warmed by the Levante winds from Africa, and the average yearly temperature is between 57-60 degrees F. Sunny Algarve is known for exceptional ripening conditions, with 3000 to 3500 daylight hours per year. The soil here is known as arenitos: iron-rich sandy loess mixed with limestone.
Ruby red with hues of purple. On the nose ripe red fruit and violets. On the palate, soft tannins, dark red fruits with baked plum and preserves. Finishes with notes of spice and dark chocolate.