Tinta Amarela or Trincadeira is an extensively planted Portuguese red grape variety traditionally used to make port wine (found throughout the Douro & Alentejo regions). It is a grape variety that is rare in Australia with only very few plantings.
It is a large berry and bunched variety that is prone to bunch rots, making it a difficult grape variety to grow in cool and wet viticulture regions. The 2019 Terra do Rio Tinta Amarela grows in red loam soil that covers a layer of calcareous rock. The vineyard is hand pruned and hand harvested. All the grapes are picked into half tonne picking bins and chilled for 24 hrs before crushing.
This wine has been fermented via indigenous yeast (wild ferment) in old French oak. The use of animal by-products has been forbidden throughout the winemaking process, so this wine is vegan friendly.
This wine is unfiltered and appears cloudy. The sediment may fall out of suspension over time and create a crust in the bottle (harmless and perfect to eat)! The wine is full of forest floor and savoury flavours. The relatively low alcohol (11%) adds another level of interest and complexity to this wine.
Harvested in March 2019 and bottled in August the same year.