A collaboration between Antonio Marques-da-Cruz (Quinta da Serradinha) and Tiago Teles. The vineyards are rented.
Young-vine Castelão from “Quinta da Murta,” a vineyard located eight miles from the Atlantic coast in Montejunto region, north of Lisbon. Fermented with native yeasts in 1000L dornas and then pressed to age in old Burgundy barrels for 11 months.
Attractively leafy, with a subtle geranium perfume. A burst of juicy, taut berry fruit on the palate, and there are quite spiky tannins.
What this lacks is a smidge more acidity. It finishes up just a little on the heavy side, and doesn’t quite come to life in the way that one wants.