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Gerações da Talha - 2019 - Farrapo Branco

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Gerações da Talha's Farrapo Branco 2019 is a liquid postcard from Vila de Frandes, the "capital" of Talha wines. This 2019 vintage captures the essence of a specific year, whispering of the sun-drenched Alentejo skies and the passionate hands that nurtured the grapes. Following generations-old practices, the hand-selected fruit embarks on a historic journey. Destemmed and crushed, they find themselves nestled in ancient clay pots known as talhas. Here, fermentation unfolds like a natural dance, transforming sugar into alcohol under the watchful eye of the winemaker. The coolness of the clay ensures a gentle process, fostering the development of fresh, vibrant flavors. The time-honored practice of "stirring the hoist" encourages a harmonious exchange between the grape components and the developing wine. The result in 2019 was a captivating white, a vintage that sings with the character of both the land and the season. Aromas of citrus and white flowers mingle with a touch of minerality, a subtle signature of the clay talhas. Each sip is a celebration of Vila de Frandes' rich heritage, a story whispered through time and bottled by Gerações da Talha in the unique expression of the 2019 harvest.

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The story of Gerações da Talha winds its way through time, a testament to a family's dedication and a region's unwavering commitment to tradition. It all began in Vila de Frandes, the heart of Portugal's Alentejo, a village crowned the "capital" of Talha wine. Here, generations of the Caeiro family, including Teresa Caeiro's grandfather Professor Arlindo Ruivo, have been the custodians of an ancient art - the art of crafting wines in clay pots called talhas.

This legacy stretches back over two millennia, with evidence suggesting the Romans themselves brought the Talha method to the region. The meticulously chosen grapes arrive at the cellar where the journey begins. Destemmed and crushed, they are deposited into the talhas along with skins, seeds, and even some stalks. Within these vessels, fermentation takes its course, transforming sugar into alcohol. As carbon dioxide escapes, a thick layer of grape solids forms on the surface. This is where the age-old practice of "stirring the hoist" comes in. The winemaker submerges this cap using a wooden plunger, ensuring all the grape components mingle and contribute their character to the developing wine.

Sustainability is woven into the very fabric of Gerações da Talha's practices. The clay talhas themselves are a testament to this. Unlike some modern methods, they require minimal intervention, relying on natural processes for temperature control and fermentation. Additionally, the "mother," a layer of lees that settles at the bottom of the talha, acts as a natural filter, further reducing the need for external manipulation.

The result? Wines brimming with history and character. Gerações da Talha's Natalha range exemplifies this beautifully. The Natalha white offers a refreshing expression, while the palhete, a light skin-contact wine, boasts a unique texture. The red iteration completes the trilogy, showcasing the depth and complexity achievable through the Talha method.

Gerações da Talha is more than just a winery; it's a bridge between past and present. By preserving this time-honored tradition, they craft exceptional wines and ensure that the soul of Alentejo and the whispers of history remain etched in every sip.