Quinta da Boavista Lero-Lero, 2019
Style/ Colour Red Wine
Grape varieties 95% Jaen, 5% Tinta Pinheira
The producer Intense, a cerebral vigneron, João Tavares de Pina completely rethought his approach to making wine in 2014. The “re-boot,” as he dubs it, followed a three-year hiatus, when he made no wine from Quinta da Boavista at all. Making wines for others between 2009 and 2011 helped to finance a ‘root and branch’ reform at the family estate in the highly regarded Dão sub-region of Penalva do Castelo. The goal? With biodiversity and sustainability in mind, the vineyards are now cultivated organically and focused on local grapes, including a parcel dedicated to lost Dão varieties.
The vineyard/ winemaking Lero-Lero hails from a south-facing 5.9ha parcel at 550m, planted in 2014 on granitic soil. The grapes were hand harvested on the same day into 15kg boxes. Following a manual sorting at the winery, the grapes were crushed and cold soaked for 2 to 3 days. This unoaked blend of 95% Jaen (a.k.a. Mencia) and 5% Tinta Pinheira (a.k.a. Rufete) then spontaneously co-fermented naturally at ambient temperatures, with 100% whole bunches. It was bottled unfiltered after eight to nine months on primary lees.
Tasting notes Very cherry on the palate, slinky and fresh, with perfumed violets, this light, summery ‘glou glou’ red will appeal to Beaujolais lovers. The vivid black cherry fruit is al dente, close to the stone and skin, making for a really lip-smacking, smashable wine. Delicious just ripe fruit intensity and vibrancy. 6,000 bottles produced.
Food Pairing Charcuteries, Soft cheese like Azeitão, Grilled lamb
Serving recommendations Serve at a temperature of 14 to 16ºC. Drink 2021-2022
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