Kompassus Bairrada D.O.C.
$ 1999 $ 2199
Founded in 2005, Kompassus is a boutique winery, focused on producing outstanding, small-lot wines from autochthonous grape varietals. Owner/ winemaker João Povoa is an ophthalmologist by profession but a farmer and winemaker by passion. After realizing the unique potential of the soil, climate, and native varietals in the Bairrada region, João decided to change his profession, and has been making wines since 1991. The name ‘Kompassus’ refers to the measurement between the row of vines, which is 1.7 meters (new mechanized vineyards are about 3 meters). This specific planting was first used by the Romans, and with such a small space between the rows, makes it impossible to use any mechanized equipment, meaning everything must be done by hand. Brick red in color with aromas of dried cherry, spiked with licorice and cured black olive. The palate is light and gamey, with flavors of dried strawberry, cranberry and plum. Lean yet complex, it shows some oxidation, the tannins are soft and polished, leading to a tight finish with plenty of spice and a hint of dusty earth.