Rufia Tinto 2016

Winery João Tavares Wines

Region Dão, Portugal

Grapes Rufete 5%, Jaen 95%
ProfileTart fruit, bright aromatics, lots of blueberry and cranberry notes with fresh herbs and underbrush. Low alcohol yet medium bodied and dense flavor profile.
Grape GrowingSoil is mainly granite bedrock with clay, limestone, and some schist. Soil allows longer growing cycle and a slow ripeness which aids in deeper more intense wine. Vines are trained with a mixed system of cordon and double guyot. Organically farmed grapes, with some biodynamic principles being implemented. Use of green harvesting and crop thinning which results in a yield of 3 tons per hectare. Biodiversity includes chamomile, clover, serradella, grass and lavenders. Vineyards are surrounded with oaks and eucalyptus and a rich culture of birds, bees, ants and earthworms.
WinemakingManually harvested in 15kg boxes then all three grapes are co-fermented on the same day. Wine spends 8-10 days on the skins and spontaneously ferments in open, non-temp controlled stainless steel lagar from ambient native yeasts for about 8 to 10 days, until wine is completely dry. On lees for 9 months after the spontaneous malolactic fermentation occurs. Unfiltered. Minimal sulfur addition at bottling. Not chaptalized, acidified or use of any other additives including enzymes. The wine is aged for 9 additional months in used 400L French barrels.
More About the WineJoão 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. His wine is proof that a deliciously delicate wine can be naturally made, and this 2016 is a perfect example of the kind of wine João makes.

Wine Data




RS<0.3 g/L

Sulfur45ppm, 22 free added just before bottling

Soilgranite bedrock with clay and schist

Altitude550m (1804ft)

Vineyard Age5 years

Production Size867 cases

PairingVenison tartare, Any tartare, Carpaccio, Beets, Green Salad with fresh herbs, Veal Cuisines: Russian, Balkan, Polish, French, Northern Italian, Greek

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