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Quinta da Lapa Reserva – Tejo, Portugal

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Quinta da Lapa from Tejo – Portugal.

The top wine of this beautiful winery, matured in oak barrels: Touriga Nacional, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

Description

A new supplier and our first own import from this fascinating wine country: Portugal.

The domaine is situated some 70 kilometres north of Lisbon in the Tejo wine region, the Tagus Valley. It was founded in 1733 and has about 100 hectares of vineyards. Many unknown local grapes are planted there (Trincadeira, Arinto, Fernâo Pires, among others) and they also work with better known varieties such as Viognier and Chardonnay for white and Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for red. They also work with the proud wine grape of Portugal: Touriga Nacional. There is a fairly warm climate in this fertile valley. The vineyards are located on the poorer soils in the hills. An additional advantage of this is that it is slightly less warm in those hills and cools down more at night, so that the grapes develop a nice aroma.

The Tejo area (formerly Ribatejo) is not very well known yet and the winemakers of Quinta da Lapa are working hard to gain international recognition. They are succeeding, as they have won many medals at important competitions in recent years, such as the Decanter World Wine Awards, the International Wine Challenge and the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. In 2011, they opened a Wine Hotel on the domain.

Red: A beautiful blend of 25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Syrah. After vinification, the wine matures for 12 months in American and French oak. It is a firm and full glass of wine with ripe dark fruit, liquorice, cedar and spices. Really a wine to enjoy on a cold autumn or winter evening with a nice piece of game or a juicy entrecote with pepper sauce. The wine has been awarded several times at, among others, the Decanter World Wine Awards.

Vivino: 4,0 (****), Best 3% of all wines worldwide.

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