The Darei Tinto is a traditional blend of four of the local grape varieties of the Dão region, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Alfrocheiro, and Jaen (Mencia). With a high elevation and the river’s humidity, the climate is perfect for creating fresh and lively wines with remarkable acidity. These grapes come from neighboring land of the estate that the Darei family manages and tends to. The organic grapes are hand picked and sorted, then de-stemmed to begin a natural fermentation in both stainless steel and cement tanks. A gentle press is used to pull the skins away from the wine, and malolactic fermentation takes place in large, 5000-liter cement vats, where it also rests for 15 months before resting in bottle for a year. The resulting wine is complex and earthy yet lifted and fresh with bright fruit and acid. Full in the mouth with soft tannins, yet restrained with elegance and purity of the fruit, wonderful amaro tones, and rustic earth tones.