O Oenólogo

At the awarding ceremony of the Nobel Prize in Oenology to Hellis Montaigne, it was some André Huppert who appeared before the microphones and the disbelief of millions. His speech started and ended like this: "Majesties, ladies and gentlemen, wine world. First and foremost, I'd like to confess that it is a privilege to stand here in turn of my brother Hellis, a righteous man, methodical and very bright, who gave his life to causes as noble as the wine, against the astringency of the life he had.
Quite the opposite of me.
We're twins, but the one thing I always hated about him was his extreme good sense, something that, ultimately, affects the best qualities of a wine and of a life. It was I, for example, who gave him the Old Vines idea, in the grace of the year of 1935. It was I who offered him his first manual of critical oenology, his first compendium of courage towards life, the first push for him to become, as he is today, infinite.
So, without me, what would it be of him? Nothing, my friends. An angel, by himself, is incapable of neither the reality of a perfect wine nor of signing his own work. So it is I, André Huppert, literal vagabond, arsonist of the hours dead and boring, and not my brother Hellis, who receives this award. Oenology is also a demonic science. And I bring fire to thank you.”



Awards

2017

Vinhas Velhas


Decanter World Wine Awards - BRONZE Medal
International Wine Challenge - Commended
International Wine and Spirits Competition - SILVER Medal

 

Encruzado
Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA) - BRONZE Medal
International Wine Challenge - BRONZE Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards - BRONZE Medal

2016

Vinhas Velhas
Challenge International du Vin - GOLD Medal
International Wine and Spirits Competition - SILVER Medal
International Wine Challenge - BRONZE Medal

 

Encruzado
Os Melhores Vinhos do Dão Engarrafados - GOLD Medal
Vinalies Internationales - GOLD Medal
International Wine Challenge - SILVER Medal
Concurso Mundial de Bruxelas - SILVER Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards - BRONZE Medal
Concurso Vinhos de Portugal - SILVER Medal
International Wine and Spirits Competition - BRONZE Medal

2015

Vinhas Velhas
International Wine and Spirits Competition - SILVER Medal
Challenge International du Vin - Commended
Decanter - Commended

 

Encruzado
Concurso Vinhos de Portugal - SILVER Medal

2014

Vinhas Velhas
Concours Mondial Bruxelles - GOLD Medal
Challenge International du Vin - GOLD Medal
International Wine Challenge - SILVER Medal
Vinalies Internationales - SILVER Medal
Concurso Internacional de Vinhos do Brasil - SILVER Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards - BRONZE Medal

 

Encruzado
International Wine Challenge - GOLD Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards - SILVER Medal
Prémios Arribe - SILVER Medal

2013

Vinhas Velhas
Concours Mondial Bruxelles - GOLD Medal
Selezione del Sindaco - GOLD Medal
International Wine Challenge - BRONZE Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards - BRONZE Medal
Wine Enthusiast Top 100 - 42nd place (94 points)
50 Grandes Vinhos de Portugal no Brasil (Dirceu Vianna Junior)

 

Encruzado
Os Melhores Vinhos Engarrafados do Dão - SILVER Medal

2012

Vinhas Velhas
50 Melhores Vinhos Portugueses UK
(Julia Harding)
Concours Mondial Bruxelles - SILVER Medal
International Wine Challenge - SILVER Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards - SILVER Medal
Revista de Vinhos - Good Buy

O Oenólogo

VINHAS VELHAS 2011


Country Portugal
Region Specified of Dão
Subregion Serra da Estrela
Climate Continental Dry
Soil Poor
Type Granitic
Vine Varieties Wide set of native grape varieties (Baga, Touriga Nacional, Alvarelhão, Tinta Pinheira, Jaen, Alfrocheiro, Tinta Carvalha, etc.)
Classification VQPRD DOC Dão
Winemaking In steel vats with pre and post-fermentative maceration
Ageing 18 months in oak barrels
Consumption Already (with great aging potencial)
Gastronomy Structured meat dishes and cheeses
Bottle 0,75 L
Box 6 bottles
Winemaker Paulo Nunes

This wine comes from an 80-year-old unique vine. It is thus through it that we intend to take on this parcel’s unique terroir. The old vine is a group of grapevines of about 24 different varieties (including some white ones, which was then absolutely normal), which after almost a century, have naturally and harmoniously adapted themselves to that parcel.

The harvest is manual and done one single time. The fermentation of the whole grape blend is done in a traditional cement tank.

Due to the natural balance provided by the vine, the fermentation occurs spontaneously, with no need to correct the must. This is how we take on our terroir – with a minimalist wine in our cellar.

O Oenólogo

Encruzado 2013


Country Portugal
Region Specified of Dão
Subregion Serra da Estrela
Climate Continental Dry
Soil Poor
Type Granitic
Vine Varieties 100% Encruzado
Classification VQPRD DOC Dão
Winemaking Pre-fermentative maceration, fermentation in used wood casks and battonage
Consumption Already (with great aging potencial)
Gastronomy Versatile, from salads to more structured dishes
Bottle 0,75 L
Box 6 bottles
Winemaker Paulo Nunes

Encruzado is Dão’s top variety and reveals in a unique way the legendary elegance of the region’s wines.

The harvest is manual and collected in 12kg boxes. The winemaking occurs during long pre-fermentative maceration, followed by light pressing. Next the must is led to a natural decanting process, and the fermentation occurs slowly in used 600-litre French oak casks. In the wine ageing process the battonage is made in a traditional cement tank and a small percentage in casks. When this process is finished, the wine keeps ageing sur lies, developing its natural complexity.