Quinta da Conceicao da Lapa was acquired in 1706 by D. Lourenco de Almeida from Captain Bartolomeu Lobo da Gama, for the sum of 11.500 silver crusades. A unique location where the best land was chosen among the fertile hills to the East of Montejunto mountain, a territory that is now part of the Tejo Wine Region.
D. Lourenco, son of the Count of Avintes was the great reformer & developer of Quinta da Lapa. He chose the highest ground of his vast estate to build a manor house with its chapel, farm buildings & an important wine cellar in order to produce the best wines from the surrounding vineyards. This reform dates from 1733 & almost three centuries later the estate underwent yet another much needed improvement. This included building a new winery & replanting the vineyards both with traditional local varietals & a selection of international grapes that best thrive in their terroir.
The outcome of all their hard work shows as their wines have consistently earned important medals & awards at both international & domestic wine competitions.
Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is rested for 12 months in a combination of American & French oak barrels.
Bright & vivacious ruby in colour. Fantastically aromatic with ripe cherry, balsamic & fig syrup with hints of cacao, cinnamon and other sweet spices. The palate is juicy with a smooth texture and a mouthfeel balanced by a bright acidity with a good tannin structure. Plenty of ripe, red fruit with a touch of pepper and herb through the mid palate. Develops with to a warm spice & chocolate finish.
Pairs well with red meats, particularly lamb, mature hard cheeses, paprika-y beans and smoky stews.