2018 Herdade de Coelheiros Tinto
Like Zinfandel - only better! The wine is a blend of 50% Touriga Nacional and 50% Alicante Bouschet coming from the emblematic Vinha do Taco and Vinha da Sobreira vineyards. These dry-farmed vineyards are known for producing beautifully concentrated, perfectly matured grapes. The wine was made using wild yeast fermentation in stainless-steel tanks and then aged for 12 months in neutral French oak barrels. Inviting aromas of black fruit laced with cedar lead to a palate of juicy, brambly fruit and a touch of baking spice. The mouthfeel is rich and textured with a graceful balance of acidity and fine tannins, with a long velvety finish. Herdade de Coelheiros is a picturesque estate located in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The property stretches over 800 hectares, with 50 hectares of vineyards, 40 hectares of a walnut orchard and a vast cork forest. The winery was founded in 1991, but the history dates back to 1467 when the property was offered as a dowry to Dom Ruy de Sousa and D. Branca de Vilhena. Despite changes in ownership over the centuries, the philosophy remains the same: resilience through balance, the pursuit of excellence, and preserving the land’s natural biodiversity. The winery is a family project comprised of a talented group of oenologists and viticulturists who have been led by Luís Patrão since 2016. Luis inherited the legacy of António Saramago (the iconic Coelheiros winemaker) who remains an instrumental part the team.