Quinta da Boavista Rufia Vinho Tinto 2017
Natural Portugu ese wine whose refinement and freshness may be a surprise for those who have overlooked this country's wines. 47% Encruzado, 22% Cerceal Branco (not to be confused with Sercial from Madeira), 21% Bical, 5% Malvasia, and 5% Siria. Manually harvested in 15kg boxes. Spontaneous fermentation with ambient native yeasts in closed stainless steel tank for 10-12 days until dry. Temperature controlled with water from a natural sources on the vineyard. Naturally no malolactic fermentation because of high acid. 9 months on primary lees, racking once at 4 months. Unfiltered. Beautiful, nutty and pear-like aromas. Located in Penalva do Castelo in the Dão, a region in north-central Portugal known for producing elegant, mineral-driven red wines, João Tavares de Pina is extremely proud of his wines. João’s 18th century family home is surrounded by his organically maintained vineyards, where the distance from the Atlantic and the shelter of the nearby granite mountains allows for mild winters and moderate summers. The vineyards, located at an altitude of 550 meters are a combination of deep granite soils, clay and schist that are ideal for his prized Jaen (Mencía), Touriga Nacional and rare Pinheira (Rufete). The vineyards are surrounded by forests of oak and eucalyptus, and João works hard to maintain the natural biodiversity which includes chamomile, clover, serradella, grass, lavender and wildflowers. It is here he seeks to create wines of great intensity, expression, minerality, and finesse, hoping to live up to the 19th century adage of the Dão being the “Burgundy of the South.” João will tell you all he needs to make wine is grapes, water to clean his equipment and a touch of sulfur at bottling. He rarely uses products in the vineyard, and when he does he only uses topical organic treatments. In today’s world, this is about as minimal as it gets. João isn’t following a natural wine trend. This is how he and his father have always done it.