Roquevale Terras de Xisto
Garnet red color. Ripped red fruit nose, very vinous. Smooth in the mouth yet slightly astringent, showing youth and balance. Goes well with lamb ribs, roast chicken, or roast pork.
$30.00 / Bottle $360.00 / Case
Roquevale winery was established in 1989. During the first year, famous external winemakers were invited, but in 1996, oenologist Joana Roque do Vale, heiress of three generations of expertise in winemaking, became sole responsable for the production. She has developed the range, and expended into superior quality segments under the Roquevale and Tinto da Talha Grande Escolha brand names.
Roquevale’s winery is located in Monte Branco Estate, just outside the town of Redondo on the way to the Serra D’Ossa Mountains, nearby Evora. The winery can count on modern equipments able to turn 2 million kg of grape into wines per year. The bottling capacity is 6,000 bottles/hour. The finest wines are aged in French and American oak barrels in a large cave where the bottled wine also rests before going to market.
Terras de Xisto is made from a blend of Aragonez (Tempranillo), Trincadeira, Castelao and and Moreto. After being destemmed the grapes went through the classical full fermentation on skins in stainless steel vats, with pumping-over. The fermentation took place for about 6 days at controlled temperature of 28ºC. A malolactic fermentation followed the alcoholic fermentation to stabilize the wine. The wine remained in stainless steel vats until bottling.