Cabeças do ReguengoCabeças do Reguengo

It is made from different old grape varieties found in a very old vineyard in the parish of Reguengo in the Serra de S. Mamede. The exposure of the vineyard is due east, at an altitude of 598 metres and with soils of ancient granite origin (Ordovician).

The yield is very low and, as we cannot say that there is a particularly dominant grape variety (there are around 14 different grape varieties), this wine is simply made from white grapes from an old vineyard. And that is how we wish it to continue. An ancient and delicious aroma that we do not want to see disappear from the beautiful Serra de S. Mamede.

Vinification

2011 was a normal year in climate terms, although a rainy spring brought more or less serious problems with mildew, a little all over the country. Our vineyard, which has used the organic production method since 2008, did not suffer at all, thus proving once again that chemicals are not needed in winemaking.

June, July and August were normal, dry and calm with one or two heat waves at the end of July. September arrived with heavy rain but the hot weather returned and stayed until the end of the harvests.

The completely healthy grapes for Equinócio 2011 were picked and placed into 14kg boxes. At the winery, they were crushed and pressed and the must decanted naturally for 48 hours. Fermentation with natural yeasts took place in used oak barrels until April 2012. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered in July 2012.

Tasting Notes

It is a subtle white, focused on mineral and smoky notes, it has fruit which is very sober with a classic profile, married with infusions and spices which come together as elegant and complex. Its taste is mild and fine, velvety, a wine full of calm and elegance, with an intense and slightly warm finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Cabeças do Reguengo

Region

Portalegre/Alentejo

Soil Type

Granite (Ordovician)

Vineyards

Quinta das Cabeças

Average Vine Age

Centuries-old

Grape Varieties

Various

Pruning Method

Goblet

Alt. from Sea Level

598

Harvest Period

29th August 2011

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Old oak barrels

Bottled

July 2012

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2.2

Alcohol (%)

13.5

pH

3.21

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.4

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.56

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

129

Production

1.490 bottles

Our second red wine came into the world at the end of 2013.

It is made from old grape varieties found in a very old vineyard in Serra de S. Mamede. It faces due east, at an altitude of 598 metres and the granite soil was formed in an era when there was no oxygen in our atmosphere. Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez and Trincadeira take the lead over 10 other grape varieties.

Many vines are stunted. They produce 3 or 4 small bunches of grapes with a pulp and skin which have an absolutely distinct taste. Everything differs in these plants: their appearance, luxuriance and fruit. This is the invaluable asset of the wines from Serra de S. Mamede.

Vinification

The viticultural year arrived without any rain. Autumn was hot and dry. Rain only fell from December onwards. It (finally) arrived and was here to stay. The 3-year dry cycle had ended, where 2009 had been by far the worse (almost 9 months without rain).

And that is how it remained until April. The month in which good weather finally arrived and the winemaking work began. May, June and July were normal, August and September hot.

The yield was a little bit more generous. Almost 900 litres were produced. The grapes were foot pressed and the wine fermented in the mill, before being placed in three barrels (one new, another in its second year and the other old). To begin with, little was expected from the wine, but ageing for 18 months has given it a unique brilliance, as well as a completely distinctive freshness and fragrance. It was bottled and aged for a year and a half in the bottle before being launched on the market. This wine, like Solstício 2009, is always better the day after opening the bottle. It needs air to surrender to those who admire it. It is a wine for the present and above all, for the future.

Tasting Notes

An intense, deep and very balsamic aroma precedes a powerful mouth, full of fruit and freshness. The taste is very mature and round but vibrant with minerality. Everything complements each other and marries in this red full of character and highland soul.

Technical Information

Producer

Cabeças do Reguengo

Region

Portalegre/Alentejo

Soil Type

Granite (Ordovician)

Vineyards

Quinta das Cabeças

Average Vine Age

Centuries-old

Grape Varieties

Various

Pruning Method

Free, Goblet

Alt. from Sea Level

598

Harvest Period

9th September 2010

Harvest Method

Hand Picked

Malolactic

Barrels

Fermentation

Mill

Bottled

April 2012

Ageing

18 months in the barrel + 18 months in the bottle

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2.8

Alcohol (%)

14

pH

3.73

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.4

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.89

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

78

Production

870 bottles