If in the north Barca Velha is the 'pop star' of wines and makes fury whenever it is launched, in the south who gives letter is the Manca Pear.
Before Easter, it was habemus vinum day. Produced only in years of exceptional quality, The Manca Pear now appears at the 2014 harvest already launched to the market, in an edition limited to 20,000 bottles.
Prepared with the usual Trincadeira and Aragonez varieties, harvested in selected plots, in vineyards older than 35 years of the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation, Pêra Manca fermented in French oak balseiros with controlled temperature, followed by maceration after-fermentative prolonged. He aged eighteen months in French oak barrels and later, as is tradition, he interned in a bottle in the cellars of the Monastery of Cartuxa. Intense and complex in aromas, it follows in the concentrated and fresh palate, with robust but elegant tannins.
The Eugénio de Almeida Foundation was founded in 1963 by a deeply humanist, scenmatic and philanthropic man, Vasco Maria Eugénio de Almeida, who adopted the mission to do more for people. On its more than six thousand hectares of land, with each bottle of wine or olive oil marketed in the world, the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation still produces and creates wealth, adds value, invests in the field of arts and culture, education and heritage educational and social services, solidarity and volunteering. It is this institution the holder of adega Cartuxa, which of its 450 hectares of vineyard removes grapes from various varieties for the production of quality wines.