Intense fresh wafts of pomegranate with a hint of graphite minerality. Elegant with a lot of depth and tension. A red that shows that Alentejo can be something else.
The grapes, in granitic soils and in an integrated protection regime, are selected on a table of choice, 30% whole bunch of 70% destemmed, fall by gravity in the vat. Spontaneous fermentation and maceration of 40 days in skins, followed by a 12-month aging in stainless steel vats. A 100% Tinta Carvalha, the only wine 100% of this variety in Portugal. 2449 bottles produced.
FROM THE PRESS
“The extremely skilful winemaker Antonio Maçanita is a specialist in turning these local favourites into captivatingly stylish wines. And discovering his portfolio – which includes a set of luminous, finely sculpted dry whites from the Azores and a bunch of Alentejo reds and whites that, in their succulent elegance, are quite unlike anything I’ve tried from that warm southern region – has been a highlight of the past year. The Azores wines aren’t easy to find in the UK; but for a spirit-lifting treat, the Moreto is a deep, scented, fleshy, complex but evening breeze-fresh red of real quality from an exceptionally rare grape variety”David William, The Guardian
“The 2018 Moreto Chão de Ermidas, sourced from 50-year-old vines, is described by the winery as a descendant of Alfrocheiro and a relative of Castelão. It is beginning to pop up around Alentejo. This was aged for 18 months in neutral wood and comes in at 14.9% alcohol. It's also pretty beautiful and seriously styled. Showing some mid-palate finesse, this adds a somewhat earthy overlay and a hint of forest. That bright red-fruit demeanor that Alfrocheiro gets is not really there, but this isn't really Alfrocheiro. It's also pointed and long on the finish. The tannins are ripe, but the big fruit is well supported. The only questions here are the ones I typically ask of wines I have not seen before (not to mention others): How will it age, and will it turn into anything more? For the moment, let's start here, but this looks like an impressive offering.”Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate