Tinta Amarela grapes
This red wine grape variety is also considered to be one of the oldest grape varieties that are believed to be planted in the regions of Alentejo.
In this particular region, this red wine grape variety is addressed as Trincadeira. The vines of this red wine grape variety are very much susceptible to rot and they collectively perform better in the dry as well as hot climates.
In the vineyard, this red wine grape variety is considered as a very difficult and notorious grape variety to grow.
The berries of this red wine grape are very much susceptible to rot and therefore handling them becomes a major task.
They are very much affected in the colder climates and this is the reason why this grape variety is compatible to the hotter and warmer regions.
Also, the vines of this red wine grape variety become very stubborn during the time of their harvest.
The berries of this grape variety reach to the level of optimal ripeness for a very short time, thereby making for a picking window of only a few days or time period.
If the grapes are plucked too early, they are lean and under-flavored. At the same time, if these grapes are plucked too late, the berries become very over-jammy and they begin to lack the levels of acidity.
Thus, plucking the grapes of this red wine grape variety should always be on time. Despite of all the major challenges on its way, the vines of this red wine grape variety are referred to as highly rewarding grape varieties that are good in terms of yields; deep in terms of their color as well as rich in terms of their flavor.
While the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are at a young age, they offer some herbaceous hints and aromas which is full of dark notes of black tea.
Today, this red wine grape variety is on a decline in the vineyards of Portugal. This is because the viticulturists look to the grape varieties that are less labor-intensive.
Although the grape variety is slowly meeting a decline, it is still being planted and cultivated in a number of regions of Portugal, namely, Alentejo, Douro as well as Dao regions where these grapes are planted and then extracted to prepare them into varietal dry red wines.
This red wine grape variety is known under a number of synonyms namely Rabo de Ovelha Tinto, Trincadeira, Crato Preto, Mortagua, Murteira, Portugal Malbec and many others. This red wine grape variety is mostly considered to be blended with Aragones as well as Touriga Nacional in the regions of Alentejo and Douro.
The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety offer some relishing tastes and herbaceous aromas in their youth, which is further complemented by the darker notes similar to black tea.
When these wines are aged, they take the flavors of tangy blackberries. The amount of tannins present in these wines is ample as they begin to age.
The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are also considered to be very rich in terms of their color and the level of alcohol present in them is high.
These wines despite of the presence of high level of alcohol are considered to be well-balanced and elegant red wines.
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