What am I: Mateus is the fifth generation of the Nicolau de Almeida family to produce wine in the Douro. Together with his wife, Teresa Ameztoy, they work in a winery they call Adega do Sável (Alosa Alosa), named for the fish that traveled the Douro River from the Atlantic Ocean, today an impossible reality due to the construction of the dams.
In this winery, we are introduced to different perspectives and approaches to vineyards and wine, based on organic and biodynamic agriculture. With the Trans Douro Express wine, the winemakers seek to express the climatic characteristics of each sub-region of the Douro: Baixo Corgo, Cima Corgo, and Douro Superior. The Hermits are white wines from the Rabigato variety that are distinguished by different characteristics of the soil of origin. The Curral Teles group of wines are the result of different winemaking techniques. All of this is made in an underground cellar dug into the shale and creates an unusual aesthetic where nature and man meet.
TRANS DOURO EXPRESS is an exploratory journey through the Douro through a set of three wines that seek to express the characteristics of its origin. We are pleased to present to you Mateus Nicolau Almeida / Trans-Douro Express Douro Superior 2018, here the climate is described as continental, and it is the most extreme of the three regions – the hottest in Summer, and the coldest in Winter. The wine is very concentrated, with firm developed tannins and a structure that builds to a lingering and persistent finish.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Douro – Douro Superior
Grape Varieties: Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela
Alcohol by volume: 13.5%