“We believe that the simpler the process of making wine, the more easily one can reveal the origins of the wine, of its terroir. With less interference, the final product will be more faithful to the land.” That is how Nicolau de Almeida & Filhos make the Quinta do Monte Xisto, vinified in granite lagares with foot treading followed by 18 months of aging in 600 litre barrels. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa and Souzão, displaying a glowing and brilliant appearance, the nose reveals its authenticity and transports us directly into the world of the Quinta. When we allow ourselves to be engaged by the wine, new aromas of fruit and forest appear, supported by an elegant and balanced structure. Full of personality, it is both expressive and reflective of the land where it is grown.

Tasting Notes

Deep red color. The nose shows the freshness of high altitude vineyards. Balsamic and floral notes brought by Touriga Nacional and also red fruit flavours characteristic of Touriga Francesa. On mouth the attack is strong and fresh, with a perfect balance between the acidity and firm tannins resulting in a long and soft finish.

Food Pairing

This wine pairs well with roast beef, lamb, and brie or camembert cheese.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
Quinta do Monte Xisto
Vineyard size:
25 acres
Soil composition:
Rocky
Training method:
tradicional
Elevation:
825 feet
Vines/acre:
1600
Yield/acre:
1.4 tons
Exposure:
Northern / Southern
Year vineyard planted:
2005
Harvest time:
September
First vintage of this wine:
2011
Bottles produced of this wine:
4,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
50% Touriga Nacional, 50% other local grapes
Fermentation container:
Lagares
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
7 days
Fermentation temperature:
77 °F
Maceration technique:
pigeage
Length of maceration:
7 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barrels
Size of aging container:
600
Age of aging container:
New
Type of oak:
French, Austrian, Slovenian
Length of aging before bottling:
20 months
Length of bottle aging:
3 months