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João Tavares da Pina Rufia Curtimenta

João Tavares da Pina

17.40

Light and airy, this orange wine hails from Dão, showcasing robust structure and exceptional digestibility. Aromatic notes encompass white blossoms, mandarin, apricot, entwined with hints of tea leaves and damp earth. A distinct briny quality leaves a lasting impression. Young vines of Encruzado, Cerceal Branco, Bical, and Síria thrive upon granite and shale clay terrain. Embracing no-till organic cultivation, the vineyard’s equilibrium and vitality rely on biodiverse interactions. Hand-harvested and destemmed, a 3-week skin-maceration and natural tank fermentation precede malolactic transformation and 9 months of lees aging. The final product is bottled without filtration, accented by a minute addition of sulfites.

Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Dão

Grape Varieties: Encruzado (40%), Malvasia Fina / Boal (25%), Bical/Borrado das Moscas (15%), Cerceal Branco (20%)

Alcohol by volume: 11%

 

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What am I: João Tavares da Pina Rufia Curtimenta

João Tavares da Pina is a bon-vivant, talented cook, and charming conversationalist who is also laser-focused on making pure expressions of his Dão terroir with land that has been in his family for generations. His farm is 40 hectares, with 13 planted with grapes. Dominant on the property are the native Jaen, Rufete and Touriga Nacional red grapes, and Encruzado, Siria, and Bical for white grapes.  He is also bringing back to life several rare and forgotten local varieties in a young vineyard specially planted for this purpose.

In the vineyards, João practices strict organic viticulture and uses no products except for organic compounds. He is somewhat obsessed with the great variety of cover crops that he has on his vineyard. These plants, such as chamomile and lavender, serve as natural fungal repellents and protectors of the vines. The vineyards are mostly granitic, with small parcels of clay, and very ancient marine sedimentary soils.

João has two primary brands that he sells wine under; Rufia, and Torres de Tavares.

Rufia wines tend to be fresh and drinkable young, while Torre de Tavares are more structured and textured wines. Tretas and Lero-Lero stand somewhat alone as their own wines, without a brand, light, fresh reds, right off the press.

Light and airy, this orange wine hails from Dão, showcasing robust structure and exceptional digestibility. Aromatic notes encompass white blossoms, mandarin, apricot, entwined with hints of tea leaves and damp earth. A distinct briny quality leaves a lasting impression. Young vines of Encruzado, Cerceal Branco, Bical, and Síria thrive upon granite and shale clay terrain. Embracing no-till organic cultivation, the vineyard’s equilibrium and vitality rely on biodiverse interactions. Hand-harvested and destemmed, a 3-week skin-maceration and natural tank fermentation precede malolactic transformation and 9 months of lees aging. The final product is bottled without filtration, accented by a minute addition of sulfites.

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Weight 1.5 kg

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