The Arribas Wine Company project began in 2017, when Frederico Machado and Ricardo Alves decided that the time to start a more personal project had arrived, reflecting their own philosophy and winemaking style. The quest for diversity and a spot with unique characteristics took them to Bemposta, a small village in the far north near Mogadouro, where the grandparents of one of the founders were born. There they found very old vineyards, some of them recently abandoned due to the owners old age.
From the regeneration of their first plot, less than 2 hectares, the first wine of Saroto was made. Saroto is the local term to designate an animal with its tail cut off, and the lizard symbolizes the capacity of regeneration, representing the winemaker's desire to recover and preserve a rich and diverse heritage that otherwise would be lost.
A partnership with Dirk Neipoort, the grapes used to make Manicómio Tinto 2019 were hand-harvested and foot trodden in a traditional lagar, with carbonic maceration and a month of infusion on skins. The juice is fermented naturally with indigenous yeast and without temperature control (wild fermentation) finishing both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations. This red wine is unfined and unfiltered and may present a deposit over time.
It has a delicate yet musky floral character with striated tannins. The fruit is fresh has a creaminess to it with lavender and mineral notes.
900 bottles produced.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Trás-os-Montes
Grape Varieties: field blend
Alcohol by volume: 11.5%