2016 Adega Cartuxa Reserva Evora
2016 Adega Cartuxa Reserva Evora This 2016 wine are elegant, with good structure combing the aromas of the grape varieties used and conferring a persistent and complex flavour.
Behind Adega Cartuxa [Cartuxa Winery] is a great family, the Eugénio de Almeida family. Let’s go back to 1913, the year Vasco Maria was born into one of the most influential families of the 19th century. Born in Lisbon, he soon established links with Évora and Alentejo, where the family had an extensive heritage. Vasco Maria always considered people to be the most valuable variable on the basis of which he organised all his efforts. These included revitalising winemaking and planting a vast area of olive groves just a few kilometres from Évora, which resulted in the wines and olive oils produced to this day.
To give meaning to the legacy of his predecessors Vasco Maria Eugénio de Almeida created the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation in 1963, to which he donated all his assets and left the mission of promoting cultural, educational, social and spiritual development of the region of Évora. What allows Eugénio de Almeida Foundation to fulfil the humanitarian dream of its founder, either by carrying out projects and activities for the community, or through financial support to institutions and individuals, is mainly the production of wines and olive oils from the Adega Cartuxa [Cartuxa Winery] and Lagar Cartuxa [Cartuxa Olive Mill].
Red wine has been prevalent since prehistory (the period before written records) as winemaking originated and spread throughout the world. In this case, “red blend” refers to any red wine that contains more than one red grape variety in the final product, though certain red blends can have their own designation as varietal wines despite comprising multiple grapes.
For much of the history of European wine, red blends were in fact more common than single varietals, as winemaking was typically region-centric and featured grapes consolidated from vineyards across a given area. One famous example of this practice is the Bordeaux blend, which originated in the 18th or 19th century and usually comprises Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Though prominent red blends such as Bordeaux still remain popular, many red blends have been associated with lower quality due to the assumption that the term indicates cheaper table wines. However, many high-quality wine producers still elect to produce red blends, and these wines can in fact offer many unique and delicious flavors due to the winery’s ability to custom design the profile of their product.