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DOC Dão Red

Sitting fireside with a steaming cup of Earl Gray, the scent of Bergamota wafts in the air; the very same citrus aroma emanating from Portugal’s iconic grape, Touriga Nacional. Yet despite this grape’s powerful and intense color, overflowing with chocolate and violet favours, we wanted lighter more refined wine that we could equally pair with homemade pasta or chargrilled steak.

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The mix of the Touriga Nacional grapes from three different Dão Regions: Castendo, Serra da Estrela e Alva gives this wine spectacular complexity, richness and great structure. One of the most famous grapes of Portugal grown on the snowy hills and with its low yields shows unique character – earl grey, tangerine, violet petal aromas packed with dark fruit on the palate. And from those characteristics Bergamota takes its name describing perfectly the liquid in the bottle.

Wine RegionDão
GrapesTouriga Nacional (80%), Tinta Roriz (5%), Jaen (5%), and Alfrocheiro Preto (5%)
ClimateContinental with maritime influence
SoilGranite and clay
ViticultureRoyat single cordon and guyot, no green harvest, 4000 to 6000 plants per hectare, 30 to 50-year-old vineyards
HarvestLast week of September, hand harvest, 13% potential alcohol
Wine Making Technique12 days of total skin contact, stainless steel fermentation, malolactic in the barrel
Oak Influenceone-year ageing in 225 liters old barrels, French and Portuguese oak follow by minimum 6 months in the bottle
Fining MaterialBentonite
Tasting notesBergamota is the expression of elegance and aristocracy. Plenty of violet notes typical of Touriga Nacional. Dense and complex. “Very deep mulberry core with black inflections. The rich and generous nose explodes with ripe cherries, pomegranate seeds, black chocolate and toasted walnuts. Showing slights signs of advancement already, the wine has leather and tobacco leaf notes. The lightly drying tannins are well integrated as is the medium acidity.” - Wine Enthusiast.