The Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, and Tinta Roriz grapes in this wine are all grown on the Estate. With a ruby red color, this wine has a fruit and oak aroma. Structured and elegant, it has a long and silky finish. The grapes were harvested by hand from vineyards whose yearly production does not exceed 6500kg per hectare and brought to the winery in 25kg containers where they are carefully de-stemmed and crushed. Prior to fermentation, skin contact maceration was allowed for 24 hours at a low temperature. The fermentation process lasted 10 days at a temperature of 28o C. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks prior to aging in American oak casks for 4 to 6 months. It was bottled and allowed to rest for another 6 months prior to release.
Associated to Paco dos Cunhas de Santar is Sociedade Agricola de Santar, a manor house of the XVII and XVIIi Centuries. Surrounded by hedges, boxwoods and labyriths of flowers, is a perfectly preserved cellar.
Built in granite, with its historical tiles, it houses in an ancient environment, the most modern and advanced technologies. Top quality wines are produced here, in a 400 year-old structure.
In the balcony of the tasting room, you can taste wines of different ages. Next to the cellar the acclaimed vineyards are surrounded by pine trees and chestnut groves. The high-quality grape varieties produce the acclaimed white and red wines of Casa de Santar, that range from all market requirements, and also the Late Harvest, for dessert.
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