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Gerações da Talha - NaTalha - Palhete

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Gerações da Talha's NaTalha Palete isn't your ordinary rose wine. It's a flirtation with tradition, a dance between history and a touch of skin contact. Hand-picked grapes, bursting with potential, arrive at the winery ready to embark on a unique path. Following generations-old practices, they're destemmed and crushed, but unlike their white and red counterparts, they spend a brief period macerating on their skins. This fleeting contact imbues the wine with a touch of color, a delicate blush hinting at the red grapes' secrets. Then, the journey continues within the cool embrace of ancient clay talhas. Fermentation unfolds naturally, the transformation from sugar to alcohol guided by the wisdom of time. The "stirring of the hoist," a time-honored tradition, ensures a harmonious blend of flavors and textures. The result? A captivating palete, a wine that bridges the gap between white and rosé. Delicate floral and citrus notes intertwine with a hint of spice, a whisper of the red grapes' influence. Every sip is a celebration of Gerações da Talha's innovative spirit, a testament to their ability to breathe new life into ancient traditions.

Gerações da Talha - NaTalha - Palhete
Gerações da Talha - NaTalha - Palhete Sale price€18,99

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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.