2015 Cartuxa, Pera Manca Tinto, Alentejo, 3x750ml

2015 Cartuxa, Pera Manca Tinto, Alentejo, 3x750ml

Their best and oldest (40+ years) plots of Aragonez and Trincadeira. Fermented in big (12,000-litre) oak vats and aged 18 months in 3,000–5,000 litre French oak casks. TA 5.4 g/l, pH 3.8.

Alcohol: 14.5%

Availability: 4 weeks

Case size: 3 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £675.00

Critics Score: 17.5

Publication: Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com

Drinking Dates: 2023-2035

Mid to deep crimson. Vibrant with ripe, spicy dark berries, with a note of damson sweetness. Big and rich, thickly textured tannins, and mouth-filling, with just enough freshness to balance thanks to a bite on the finish. Starting to smooth out but still with a long life ahead. (JH) 14.5%
With over 400 years of history, the prestigious Cartuxa winery is located in the Evora sub-region of the Alentejo, producing fine wines from indigenous varieties right in the heart of Portugal.

Originally, Cartuxa was a Carthusian monastery but was privately owned by the Eugénio de Almeida family from 1871. The last member of the family left the property to the charitable foundation he established and this continues to support social and cultural organisations across the region.

The wines of Cartuxa have long been legendary within Portugal and Pêra-Manca was aboard Pedro Álvares Cabral's ship when he discovered Brazil in 1500.

In the 1870s, the wines gathered international recognition when the reds won gold medals in Bordeaux but in 1920, post-phyloxerra, production ceased and was only revived in 1990. Now, having re-established it's reputation, Cartuxa's Pêra-Manca is to Alentejo what Casa Ferreirinha's Barca Velha is to Douro. Just like Barca Velha, Pêra-Manca is only produced in exceptional vintages (1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 , 2013, 2014 and now 2015).

I tasted a fascinating mini-vertical back to 2005 recently and was struck by the wine's remarkable capacity to age. 

It truly is world-class stuff but very little of the small production escapes Portugal and Brazil's enthusiastic markets. We have just a handful of cases available for the current releases of both red and white.