Terras de Tavares 2008

Winery João Tavares Wines

Region Dão, Portugal

Grapes Jaen 60%, Touriga Nacional 30%, Rufete 10%
ProfileThe wine is herbal, savory, meaty with a pop of red and blue fruit. It has vibrant tannins and is perfectly balanced in the mouth. Most are surprised by its youth and freshness right out of the bottle, no decant needed. Very reminiscent of Northern Rhone wines with age.
Grape GrowingSoil is mainly granite with 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. Use of green harvesting and crop thinning which restults in a yield of 3 tons per hectare. Biodiversity inlucdes chamomile, clover, serradella, grass and lavenders. Vineyards are surrounded with oaks and eucalyptus and a rich culture of birds, bees, ants and earthworms.
WinemakingSpontaneously co-fermented with extended skin contact and no temperature control. Not fined or filtered. Expect sediment. Aged 36 months in old French barriques, bottle aged in cellar ever since.
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 powerful wine can be naturally made, and this 2008 is a perfect example of the kind of wine João makes.

Wine Data





Sulfur59T/13 free in 2011

SoilSlate and granite with high levels of clay

Altitude500-550m (1640-1804ft)

Vineyard Age15-85 years

Production Size1000 bottles

PairingLamb, Veal, Venison, Truffles, Mushroom ragu, Bolognese pasta, Boudin Noir, Liver Cuisines: Portuguese, Northern Italian, French, Central Italian, Cuban, Mexican, Russian, Greek, Morroccan

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