What am I: Penhó Principio Vinhão red wine
Penhó Wines are garagist wines produced from grapes grown at Quinta de Penhó. The Quinta is located Northern Portugal. The family vineyard is currently being converted to organic, and the wine is produced as naturally as possible. Using minimal intervention, they have created unique natural wines with very low sulfite levels.
Penhó Principio Vinhão is a red wine produced using Vinhão grapes. It is a deep dark colored wine with a strong sweet aroma that characterizes Vinhão single-caste wines. It is slightly astringent, with high acidity levels that turn it into a rustic wine. This wine is fermented in granite stone lagar and is aged for 12 to 18 months in used French oak barrels before being bottled.
Every wine is made with two days of maceration before pressing, fermented only using indigenous yeasts. After pressing they remain over the lees with no racking, or bâttonage. No filtration, stabilization, or clarification is carried out. No additional products are used to correct or alter the wine. Everything else varies from wine to wine, but Penhó takes pride in all of its wines. They strive to make them better every year, starting in the vineyard, with their care of the vines.