DFJ Vinhos Portada Red
WHY WE LOVE IT
- A true winemaker selection showcasing both international and regional varietals grown on the José Neiva Correia estate in Lisboa.
Varietal Composition: 15%Tinta Roriz,15% Touriga Nacional, 20% Castelão, 20% Caladoc, 15% Alicante Bouschet, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Pinot Noir
Elaboration: Classic fermentation method in stainless steel vats, with destemming and pre-fermentation skin contact followed of the application of dry yeasts. Fermentation up to 86º F in the first 2/3, and lowering down to 68º F during the last 1/3. During the whole fermentation process, pumping over 2 times per day, using each time half of the volume contained in the vat. After the alcoholic fermentation, the cap is plunged for 30 days, and during that period, extraction of the gentle tannins is conducted, along with the malolactic fermentation and the natural stabilization of the wine. The wine ages in French barrels for 3-4 months
Tasting Notes: This deep ruby red, medium-bodied wine has berry fruit flavors and a beautiful balance. It’s fruity, tasty, and very pleasant and elegant.
2011 – 90 Wine Enthusiast (#8 on Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Best Buy Wines)
José Neiva Correia followed in his family’s traditions not only out of preference but also with thorough professionalism. Those who know and work with him make regular mention of his creativity and the enthusiasm that goes into each of his many and sharply differing wines with their blend of improbable grape varieties and surprising results. As a winemaker, he has played a pioneering role both in the introduction of new varieties in Portugal and in promoting healthy agricultural practices. Furthermore, he has contributed towards solutions found for the major problems facing the wine sector such as the appropriate sealing of wine bottle corks. Rigorous and keen on investigation, he has developed and patented a method for disinfecting the corks using ozone and helped in reducing the level of undesirable TCA. As the sixth of eight children, José Neiva Correia still remains owner, in partnership with his brothers and sisters, of Rui Abreu Correia, Herdeiros, one of the largest agricultural holdings in Estremadura that tends, among other crops, 200 hectares of vineyards located across the councils of Alenquer and Torres Vedras.