This Renaissance estate has graced Portugal since 1554. Located just south of Lisbon, in the region of Azeitão, Bacalhoa was originally built by the son of a famous Portuguese mariner, Afonso de Albuquerque. Inspired by Italian and Indian design, he commissioned a villa in the 16th-century Italian Renaissance style. Characterized by a tasteful sense of restraint, the balanced design includes extensive parterre gardens, easily viewed and appreciated from the open-air balconies.
Historical accounts have always made reference to vineyards at the Quinta. However, the real history of this great red wine begins in 1974 with the planting of a vineyard that possessed a similar vine selection to that of Bordeaux. The first harvest, launched on the market in 1979, produced one of the most sought after Portuguese wines and helped to reinforce the fame of the already exemplary Quinta da Bacalhôa. This time in the realm of wine!
QUINTA DA BACALHOA | RED| CABERNET SAUVIGNON | 2016 | DOC SETUBAL
The grape varieties chosen on the estate, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Merlot benefit from the natural conditions to allow a slow and balanced maturation. The primary fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature (25°C), followed by a period of ‘cuvaison' (skin maceration post-fermentation) of three weeks. After careful selection, and following numerous tastings and testings, the final lot was produced having aged for 11 months in new French oak casks.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Aromas of red fruits combined with nuances of wood and spices. In the mouth, the red fruit flavours are intensified and combined with smooth tannins; it has a fresh finish, somewhat mineral, elegant and very complex.
Store and Serve Advices:
Serving temperature at 16-18°C
Red meat and game.
Reviews and Awards:
. 18 points in Vinho Grandes Escolhas;
. 17,5 points in Revista de Vinhos;
. Commended Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 (2012);
. Bronze medal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015 (2012);
. Commended International Wine Challenge 2014 (2011);
. Bronze medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 (2010);
. Commended International Wine Challenge 2013 (2010);
. Silver medal Selection Mondiale des Vins Canada 2013 (2010).