Produced from the best plot of Touriga Nacional, the grapes presented high sugar levels and outstanding maturation conditions. The addition of the Tinto Cão variety brings color and fresh acidity to the blend. The manual harvest was carried out under ideal conditions and the grapes were sorted another time when arriving at the cellar.
The fermentation process occurred in small capacity tanks at controlled temperatures, followed by maceration for about 3 weeks. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine aged in French oak barrels for one year. This process was followed by bottling and three years of ageing in our cellar.
Recommendations: for its exuberant character, this wine should be opened and decanted half an hour before serving. A red meat dish such as a beef with “foie-gras” sauce is a great suggestion to pair with this wine. Enjoy Grande Follies between 16 and 18 ºC.
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94.0 Points | Vintage: 2004
A superb, concentrated wine, powered by ripe fruits that are now reaching their peak. The wine has a dense texture, with rich berry and sweet plum fruits, bitter chocolate and solid, dark tannins.
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A step up from the Follies range, this is a big and richly smooth black wine, its tannins well integrated into the great plum juice fruits. The wine is ripe, now ready to drink, the final blackberry acidity giving a bright boost.
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Color: Intense deep ruby purple color
Nose: The elegant complexity of the aromas is dominated by cassis, chocolate and jam, along with tobacco leaves and wood.
Palate: In the mouth, this wine is powerful and rich, offering hints of black cherries and mocha flavors. The tannins are firm and soft, offering an extremely long lasting creamy finish.
Food Pairing: A red meat dish such as a beef with “foie-gras” sauce is a great suggestion to pair with this wine.
Alcohol: 14.0 %
Total Acidity: 5.50
Aging: 12 months in French Oak