Vale Da Capucha Fossil Tinto
Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Syrah
Pedro Marques is the fifth-generation in a winemaking family, based in Torres Vedras, just north of Lisbon. He has 13 hectares of vineyards, situated 9km from the Atlantic coast, grown in Kimmeridgian clay soils that contain a high proportion of ocean fossils, similar to those found in Chablis. The vineyards are bathed in fresh Atlantic breezes, further enhancing the saline element in the wines and tempering the warmth of the region. He has been certified organic since 2015, no easy task in this humid climate. In his own word he follows a “lazy” approach to winemaking, working with wild fermentations and no temperature controls, fining or filtration, his only addition being a touch of sulphur at bottling.
Organic Portuguese field blend of Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz. Perfumed and spicy on the nose with smoky raspberry and violet aromas. Medium bodied on the palate with savoury tobacco, game and more smoky fruit.