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Julia Kemper Elpenor Vinho Tinto
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Julia Kemper Elpenor Vinho Tinto 2016

Dão, Northern Portugal, PortugalThe Melo family landed in Dão's Oliveira–Mangualde hundreds of years ago, and that's where the vineyards and winery of current custodian / owner Julia Kemper (named for Julia de Melo Kemper) are today, at Quinta do Cruzeiro, a site that dates back to Roman times. In 2000, Lisbon lawyer Julia was called by her father, António, to continue the legacy of the Melo family, so she returned and became a farmer, and thanks to the mentorship of her friend Dirk Niepoort, moved the viticulture into organic and biodynamic practices. This Tinto blends Dão's four main reds, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro and Jaen, into a fresh, herbal 13 degrees red. Foot trodden in granite lagares and native fermented, this is shining bright with cherry, wild plum, fresh raspberry, broken stone along a slight palate, nipped at the sides with a granitic grip, and finishing with a peppery rinse.Tasted: 10 April 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 33.00 private wine shops Producer: Julia KemperDistributors: Seacove Group
Blend: Touriga Nacional - Alfrocheiro - Tinta Roriz - JaenUPC: 5600289382863