In 1930, there was 3,000 hectares (7,413 acres) planted to vines, today only 18 hectares (44 acres) remain. Just two miles from the ocean, the vines are battered by fierce winds and potential heavy fall rain fall. Life is not easy here in Colares. In 1999, an organization named Fundaçao Oriente bought the 9 hectare property once owned by the grower Manuel Jose Colares with the aim of saving the appellation from extinction. A broad and flavorful wine of honey and beeswax. Savory and floral, with pronounced umami character on the finish.
Soil: Chão de areia (sandy top soil) & Chão Rijo (heavy clay soil below the surface) Without this soil the wine is not Colares.
Pairing: Pair with richer seafood, paella, or harder aged cheeses.
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