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Gerações da Talha - 2019 - Professor Arlindo

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This wine is a tribute to Professor Arlindo Ruivo, a man who dedicated his life to preserving the art of Talha winemaking. The grapes, meticulously chosen, embark on a traditional journey that whispers of generations past. Destemmed and crushed, they find themselves nestled within ancient clay pots called talhas. Here, fermentation unfolds, a dance between sugar and alcohol orchestrated by nature itself. The coolness of the clay walls creates a gentle environment, fostering the development of complex flavors. The time-honored practice of "stirring the hoist" ensures all the grape components weave their magic into the developing wine. The result in 2019 was a captivating red, a vintage brimming with the character of both the land and the legacy it carries. Hints of spice and dark fruit mingle with the earthiness imparted by the talhas, creating a tapestry of flavor that speaks of tradition and Professor Ruivo's unwavering passion. This is more than just a wine; it's a testament to the enduring spirit of Talha and the generations who have kept it alive.

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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.