Susana Esteban and Dirk Niepoort
2015

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90/100

2017/11Wine Advocate - Robert Parker

The 2015 Sem Vergonha is all Castelão aged for 12 months in used French oak. It comes in at just 13% alcohol. Dirk Niepoort is a collaborator on this. The name means "without shame" in Portuguese, referencing that the winemaker is unashamed to make a wine without the big extraction of southern Castelão. For those who compare this grape to Pinot Noir (I usually feel that is completely wrong in the bigger styles), this fresher style is a good example. Very elegant, lively and crisp, it has raspberry fruit and intense flavor but not the very ripe, closer-to-Grenache feel I get in Setúbal. With the good structure and acidity, the flavors linger. This has a chance of aging reasonably well, but it also has a friendly summer freshness to it. You can dive in now, but there is no rush. Susana thinks this might age well—certainly the structure gives it a chance to hold.

Drink date: 2017 – 2027

The Castelão, a Portuguese red wine grape, always surprised me because the capacity to make complex and structured wines, keeping the elegance and freshness. All these characteristics remembers me the wines from Burgundy (Borgonha, in Portuguese), and for that reason I challenged Dirk Niepoort, a Burgundy wine expert and enthusiastic, to make with me this Castelão “Sem Vergonha” (shameless). The result will surprise you!

DOC
_ Regional Alentejano
Varieties
_ 100% Castelão
Harvest
_ Hand-picked to 20Kg boxes and carefully selected at the cellar.
Vinification
_ Stainless steel tanks with controlled temperature, and low extraction.
Ageing
_ 12 months in used French oak barrels.
Bottling
_ April 11, 2017
Production
_ 1.700 bottles
Alcohol
_ 13.1
pH
_ 3.55
Total acidity
_ 5.7

Tasting note

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Cherry red color. Intense red fruits aromas, predominantly cherry. The oak is perfectly integrated in its aroma and flavor. Very soft on the tannins, equilibrated, elegant, fresh and structured, with a long and delicious finish.

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