Joao Afonso has been blessed with two amazing and fascinating careers and now his evolution from a leading ballet dancer to a top Portuguese natural garage wine producer is complete!
In 1994 after a small experience with the then young Dirk Niepoort he began his love affair with wine with minimal intervention and optimum quality.
He is a wine maker that has an obsession with wines from old vineyards, cared for with organic and sustainable awareness to achieve wines that can be classed as natural. “A wine is a natural product, we cannot pour anything into the wine that isn’t necessary”. This simple phrase of Rui Alves, known as the godfather of the Portuguese natural wine movement, ended up constituting the whole oenological orientation of João Afonso.
The Cabeças do Reguengo wine dream started exclusively from centuries-old vineyards, in biological production mode to which he added biodynamic practices that have been his mantra since the beginning of the new century.
Hand-picked and very precocious harvest on the 23th and of 24th August. Single Old Vineyard field blend (about 8 different grape varieties).
Natural fermentation in a cement vat, part of the grapes were crushed and de-stemmed. Six weeks maceration. Aged in old oak cask and barrel for 21 months. Bottled without fining and filtering.
Wonderfully balanced red with incredible aromas and depth. A wine that seduces my taste-buds with engaging aromatics, working in harmony and perfect balance with nature. It has the body and warmness of the Alentejo sun, with a combination of lush red fruit and a silky texture from start to finish. A wine that will stick in your mind… & for good reason!
Matches well with a selection of cheeses and tomato based winter stews with warm spices. Lamb and slow cooked meat options. Aubergine, peppers and cumin dishes match really well with this wine. Be adventurous and try it with a bit of dark chocolate.