The most punctuated wine ever from Herdade da Malhadinha Nova by Robert Parker
A little piece of story…
It all began in 1949, it was april and Isidro Francisco Patriarca in the prime of his life
decided to start a work that would eventually be merged with his own reason of existence.
Heir of a piece of land in Vale Travessos, small parcels of land were ceded at the beginning of
the century to his workers by a wealthy farmer in the region. Then, Isidro Francisco, with only
twenty years, resolved to plant in his land a vineyard with about five thousand vines..
Over the course of nearly seven decades, day after day, he walked the seven kilometers
that separated the village of Albernoa from the valleys of Vale Travessos.
For almost seven decades Isidro Francisco gave birth, raised and cared of his plants, as if they
were his own children. Year after year, harvest after harvest, reaped the fruits of its labor and
shared with family and friends the wines resulting from his dedication and passion.
Isidro Francisco, now with 87 years well lived, with four children emigrated and very distant
from a rural reality, from which they soon decided to depart. Isidro was serene and fully aware of the need to seek for a solution to ensure the survival of his much loved vineyard.
He found in the Soares family and their work in Herdade da Malhadinha Nova, over the last 20
years, the safest way to continue the work of his life.
“... Oh Forgotten Alentejo
One day, you will still sing.”
(Alentejo Singer, Zeca Afonso)
Assuming the enormous responsibility that falls now on us, we will do everything
to dignify the work and life of Mr. Isidro. To value the agricultural work and the
generations of women and men who have arduously cultivated the lands of this region, and to give more and more importance to the great wines of Alentejo.
Mr. Isidro Madeira Francisco harvested the first bunch of the 535kg of red grape and 1249kg of white grapes from this harvest of 2016.
With love and dedication from Malhadinha’s team, the vinification was done in the wine cellar of Herdade da Malhadinha Nova and extended stage in French oak barrels, 370 bottles of red wine and 670 bottles of white wine “ Vale Travessos Vinhas Velhas” were born.
To honor once again Mr. Isidro and to maintain a strong connection to his past life, all of it lived in the village of Albernoa, we decided to have reproduced some pieces of the typical hydraulic tile used on the floor of his house.
Part of these tiles will be placed in Vale Travessos in a small house built in the decade of 50 by Mr. Isidro. According to the work of Joana Raposo, architect and friend of the family, who has developed all the projects for Malhadinha over the years, we will use this house to receive
visitors and taste the wines there produced. The remaining tiles will be in a very special
package, designed for the first bottles of Vale Travessos Vinhas Velhas.
Classification: Alentejo Regional Wine
Grapes: Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional, Moreto e Castelão
Aged: for 18 months in new French oak
"Dramatically different than Malhadinha's typical big
reds, this is lighter and not quite as jammy, relatively
speaking. It has a brighter feel, a touch of delicacy and
more finesse. The silkier texture adds to the appeal. As it
sits, to be sure, it does expand in the glass, but depth is
not really the point here, even if it has a respectable
amount. There is a real backbone too. The long and
refined finish makes this seems rather sophisticated too.
This is exceptional and probably has a long life ahead.”
Classification: Alentejo Regional Wine
Grapes: Antão Vaz, Roupeiro, Arinto, Manteúdo e Perrum
Aged: for 12 months in new French oak.
“There were just 500 liters produced from a vineyard
planted in 1949. Smooth and a little creamy up front, it
has fine grip on the finish. I really liked the juicy, fresh
finish with traces of chalk, almond and dried melon.”