sábado, 18 de agosto de 2012

Vila Santa de Joao Portugal Ramos Vinhos S.A (D.O. Alentejo)


VILA SANTA DE JOAO PORTUGAL RAMOS VINHOS S.A. (D.O. ALENTEJO)

The J. Portugal Ramos group operates in 4 wineries in Portugal's most notorious regions - Alentejo, Douro, Tejo and Beiras - and producing medium and high quality wines recognized worldwide. Each winery has its own production team and winemaking philosophy, which enables to produce wines from each region with very different profiles.

VILA SANTA

The beauty of the Alentejo plain, its culture, hunting and its rich gastronomic tradition make Estremoz a captivating region. Founded in 1258 by King Afonso III, it was home to King Dinis. One of its early prominent citizens was Vasco da Gama. He was appointed commanding officer of the fleet that discovered the sea route to India.

In the very heart of the Alto Alentejo, the soil that originated from schist and limestone clay as well as the climate with its continental influence, make for unusually consistent quality, and ideal conditions for exceptional wine growing.

This was the location chosen by João Portugal Ramos to make his own wines, after a long career as consultant oenologist in wine creation in the main wine-growing regions of Portugal.

João Portugal Ramos began planting his own vineyards around Monte da Caldeira in 1990, choosing the double cordon for vine spacing. Since then the area covered by vineyards has increased, with the prime objective of obtaining from each vintage a selection of grapes capable of producing exceptional wines. In average, vineyards are planted since 1997.

For the reds, the chosen grape varieties have been Aragonês, Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional, Castelão and Alicante Bouschet, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Merlot, although in smaller quantities.

In the minority, white wines originate from the varieties Antão Vaz, Arinto, Roupeiro and Rabo de Ovelha.

Own vineyards and long-term agreements with local producers contribute to form a total of 500 hectares, with the viticultural department being responsible for the entire technical management: choosing the plots of land, selecting the grape varieties, following closely the development of vineyards and preparing harvest.

MARQUES DE BORBA RESERVA RED
- Denomination: DOC Alentejo
- Type Red Wine
- Grape varieties: Trincadeira, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon
- Soil: Schist
- Harvest: By hand to small cases of 15 kg Vinification. Part of the harvest is foot trodden in traditional shallow, open marble troughs, known as lagares. The remainder is fermented in wooden vats with temperature control, with a long postfermentation maceration. Malolactic fermentation then takes place in the barrels.
- Ageing: 12 months in small French oak barrels
- Tasting notes: Deep in colour. Enormous concentration of aromas. Notes of jammy red fruits and spices. Potent and elegant. Solid, vigorous, with compact and well integrated tannis. Long and distinct finish. A wine for ageing.

QUINTA DA VICOSA RED
- Denomination: Regional Alentejano
- Type: Red Wine
- Grape varieties: Syrah and Trincadeira
- Region: Alentejo
- Soil: Syrah - Limestone; Trincadeira - xist
- Harvest: By hand to small cases of 15 kg Vinification
Part of the harvest is foot trodden in marble lagares (troughs) and the remainder fermented in stainless steel tanks using temperature control.
- Tasting notes: Deep in colour. Enormous concentration of aromas. Notes of red fruits, potent and elegant. Solid, vigorous, with compact and well integrated tannis. Long and distinct finish. A wine for ageing.

VILA SANTA RED
- Denomination: Regional Alentejano
- Type: Red
- Wine Grape varieties: Aragonez, Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Alicante Bouschet
- Region: Alentejo
- Soil: Schist in advanced metamorphosis stage
- Harvest: By hand to small cases of 15 kgv
- Vinification: Part of the harvest is foot trodden in marble lagares (troughs) and the remainder fermented in wooden vats with temperature control, followed by long maceration.
- Ageing: 9 months in American and French oak barrels
- Tasting notes: Intense garnet color. Aroma suggesting very ripe black fruits blending beautifully with the spiciness imparted by the barrels. Elegant and full bodied with soft tannins. A big powerful and full wine.

VILA SANTA SYRAH
- Denomination: Regional Alentejano
- Type: Red Wine
- Grape varieties: Syrah
- Region: Alentejo
- Soil: Schist in advanced metamorphosis stage
- Harvest: By hand to small cases of 15 kg Vinification Temperature controlled fermentation following a long maceration.
- Ageing: 6 months in small new American and French oak barrels
- Tasting notes: A great aromatic concentration with mineral highlights, spices and even a suggestion of bitter chocolate and ripe fruits. It's a potent, elegant and smooth red, with firm tannins and a great, persistent finish.

VILA SANTA TRINCADEIRA
- Denomination: Regional Alentejano
- Type: Red Wine
- Grape varieties: Trincadeira
- Region: Alentejo
- Soil: Schist in advanced metamorphosis stage
- Harvest: By hand to small cases of 15 kg
- Vinification: Temperature controlled fermentation following a long maceration.
- Ageing: 6 months in small new Franch oak barrels
- Tasting notes: An aroma of fully ripe fruit, with a vegetal touch of grass and truffles. Rich blowsy fruit with smooth tannins and a long toasty finish.

VILA SANTA ARAGONEZ
- Denomination: Regional Alentejano
- Type: Red Wine
- Grape varieties: Aragonez
- Region: Alentejo
- Soil: Schist in advanced metamorphosis stage
- Harvest: By hand to small cases of 15 kg
- Vinification: Temperature controlled fermentation following a long maceration.
- Ageing: 6 months in small new American oak barrels
- Tasting notes: Ripe fruit flavours with hints of cherry and plum and a faint spiciness. A big red with good structure; in the mouth, the tannins are gently wrapped in the body of the wine.

MARQUES DE BORBA RED
- Denomination: DOC Alentejo
- Type: Red Wine
- Grape varieties: Alicante Bouschet, Aragonoz, Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon
- Region: Alentejo
- Soil: Limestone and schist
- Harvest: By hand to small cases of 15 kg
- Vinification: Temperature controlled fermentation of fully de-stemmed bunches.
- Ageing: In second year small oak barrels.
- Tasting notes: Excellent aromatic concentration. Intensely fruity, aroma of berries, cassis and preserves. Smooth tannins. Good balance between fruit, acidity and alcohol.

LOIOS RED
- Denomination: Regional Alentejano
- Type: Red
- Grape varieties: Aragonez, Trincadeira, Others
- Region: Alentejo
- Soil: Limestone, schist
- Harvest: By hand to small cases of 15 kg
- Vinification: Temperature controlled in stainless steel tanks.
- Tasting notes: Fresh and intensely fruity aroma with vegetal undertones. Soft and easy, nice length.
- Pairing suggestions: Fresh and intensely fruity with aromas of black plum. Soft, involving and easy to drink, it is nevertheless able to complement all cuisines. Perfect with barbecue, tomato- based pasta dishes, or even pizza.

J. Portugal Ramos Vinhos S.A.
Vila Santa 7100-149 Estremoz (Portugal)
Telf: (00 351) 268 339 910
www.jportugalramos.com


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