Gáudio Reserva, Ribafreixo Wines
By Pete's Provisions
WHY WE LOVE THIS WINE
Darker fruited and fuller in body then the Gaudio Classico with more old vine Alicante Bouschet in the blend – this time the blend is 80% Alicante Bouschet and 20% Touriga Nacional. The richer fruit profile gets more barrel ageing here – for 12 months in new French oak. The resulting flavours include dark fruits of the forest, spice, charred smokey notes, balsamic and tobacco. For lovers of full flavoured Portuguese red wines.
ABOUT THE WINERY
Pato Frio Red Edition is a blend of three grape varieties with three different maturation cycles. Each fermentation is carried out separately, beginning with the Aragonez, followed by Alfrocheiro and finally Alicante Bouschet. At the vineyard, the grapes are harvested manually and are subjected to their first selection. These are then immediately forwarded to the winery’s cold rooms and stabilized at a temperature of 10°C, during a 12 hour period. A rigorous selection of the best bunches is conducted at the sorting tables, where they are then destalked. After being suitably crushed, the grapes go directly to the different fermentation tanks, all with controlled temperature. During the fermentation process the temperature is around 20-22 °C. Gravity is used in all the fermentation tanks, in the mechanical crushing and délastage processes, avoiding skin laceration and the crushing of the grape pips consequently excluding any possible astringency. This wine is then partially aged in French oak barrels from Seguin Moreau, medium toast, fine grain. After the malolatic fermentation, the blend from these three grape varieties is created, followed by bottling and thereafter is dispatched to the cellar where it will stage for a period of 8 to 10 months.
|Styles||Smooth & Elegant|
Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional