Vinha Mãe, the flagship red of the estate, translates to “The Mother Vine” in Portuguese and is a testament to the strong yet soothing nature of the wine. Sourced from 27-year-old vines and fermented in traditional granite lagares with successive machine pressings, this wine is aged in French oak barriques for 20 months.
Deep violet in color with deep concentration on the nose, boasting a rich perfume of ripe black fruits and floral notes. Elegantly structured with rich tannins, Vinha Mãe has a wonderful capacity for aging.
Vineyard name: Vinha Mae
Soil composition: Calcareous and Clay
Training method: Guyot
Elevation: 660 feet
Varietal composition: 40% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz, 30% Syrah Fermentation container: Lagares
Type of aging container: Barriques
Type of oak: French Length of aging before bottling: 20 months
The 2013 Vinha Mãe is the current release. Chocapalha holds wines back to allow development in the bottle, so that's a fair part of the price you're paying. It is a blend of 40% Tinta Roriz and 30% each of Touriga Nacional and Syrah, aged in French oak for 20 months. This is reasonably full in body but beautifully crafted, too. It is balanced, fresh and shows good structure, the ripe tannins supporting the fruit well. The finesse on this is admirable, making it easy to drink and a great food wine. It also finishes with flavor. It is still a bit tight and just a bit tannic, but it is easily approachable. This was not quite released when tasted, but it will be out around the time this article appears and it should be in reasonably good shape then. It will hold well over the next decade, at the least, maybe more.