Cartuxa Colheita Reserve Tinto, Evora

£41.50 / bottle
£473.10 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Cartuxa Colheita Reserve Tinto is a Portuguese red wine produced in the Evora sub-region of Alentejo, in south-central / southern Portugal. It is bottled as DOC Alentejo-Évora.

 Cartuxa wines are produced by Eugénio de Almeida Foundation. The foundation was created by Vasco Maria Eugénio de Almeida in 1963 to develop important social and cultural organisations across the region including Évora University, hospitals, social housing and numerous welfare institutions. The Cartuxa winery, Monte de Pinheiros, is located at Herdade de Pinheiros It is one of the oldest and most renowned wineries in Portugal. There have been vineyards at the Quinta de Valbom site since 1517 when the Jesuits established the second oldest university in Portugal. In the adjoining site, the Carthusians built the famous Cartuxa Monastery between 1587 and 1598. Eventually both the Jesuits and Carthusians were expelled from Portugal and their properties were acquired by the government. The Eugénio de Almeida family acquired the estate in 1871 and set about rescueing it from ruin.

Today the estate consists of 1050 hectares spread across four estates: 650 hectares of which they own and 400 hectares which are on long-term contracts. The vineyards are made up of the Pinheiros, Casito, Álamo de Cima, Álamo da Horta and Quinta de Valbom estates. The winery produces several brands including EA, Foral de Evora, Cartuxa adn the fabled Pêra-Manca. As well as excellent wines, olive oil production is extremely important and there are now some 400 hectares of olive groves producing fine quality extra virgin olive oils.

Cartuxa Colheita Reserve Tinto is a blend of Alicante Bouschet and Aragonez, planted in the Eugenio de Almeida Foudation’s oldest vineyards. When the grapes are judged to be perfectly matured, they are carefully picked and brought into the winery for de-stalking, gentle crushing, and fermentation in temperature-controlled steel vats. There follows a 15-day maceration period followed by maturation in new French barrels for 15 months, and then 15 months in bottle prior to release.

The blend is 70% Alicante Bouschet and 30% Aragonez.

Tasting Notes

Cartuxa Colheita Tinto is a dark ruby colour. Fruity notes, spices (cinnamon and clove) and balsamic notes. On the palate, it is concentrated and complex, with firm tannins. With 15 months
of ageing, you can taste the toast from the oak. Very fresh on palate. A full-bodies wine, with a powerful finish with great persistence.

Food Pairing

Delicious with grilled meats.

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