JK's mix of modern and traditional tools

 

Julia Kemper

 

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      
Phone / Telefone: +351 91 724 33 37

 

This quinta has been in family hands for 400 years. After taking over stewardship in 2003, Julia Kemper planted a 15 hectare vineyard in Dao varieties which is now organically certified. Both viticulture and winemaking are under the guidance of the ‘Vine and Wines’ team.

small batch winemaking at JK

The resultant new winery is a brilliant modern adaptation of traditional Portuguese technology. After gutting the existing 19th century winery, a stylish gravity fed platform was built within the old granite walls. The original lagars were retained, but subdivided, allowing for small and large batches and inter-laced with stainless steel cooling rods to control fermentation temperatures. Large new, energy efficient, concrete tanks were built and supplemented with many smaller stainless steel tanks for small batch experimentation.

 

Kemper take a very clean, fresh approach to wines, I found all the wines I tasted there to be smartly made and true to form and their terroir. The whites are special, as the vineyards appear to tease out interesting aromatics while preserving good acidity.

Julia Kemper Branco 2010 Encruzado and Malvasina-Fina are co-fermented, half in tank and half barrel fermented. The result is purposefully restrained and subtle with quince-like fruitiness married to delicate orange blossom aromas. Dense and rounded in the mouth, it offers great back palate concentration and tremendous length of flavor.  Clean, fresh, pure, elegant, it is a superb wine. Selling locally for 9-10eu Tasted 10.2012 

Julia Kemper Branco 2011 I tasted this co-fermented Malvasia Fina and Encruzado (vineyard blend) component from tank and it was bursting with orange blossom, fresh straw, subtle dried herbs, and fresh quince skin aromas and flavors.  Visceral textures were shot through with citrusy acidiy. Such a vibrantly pure wine deserves to be bottled on its own.

Julia Kemper Branco 2011 The second component, also co-fermented Malvasia Fina and Encruzado, is barrel fermented in fine grained French barrels. Rounder, more succulent and elegant, and less edgy, this will combine with the tank componet in the final blend.

Julia Kemper Tinto 2008 13.5% This blend of 50% Touriga Nacional is thoughtfully constructed with portions of Roriz, Jaen, and Alfrocheiro, leads with a fresh, complex mix of florals, cracked black pepper and both red & black fruit characters. Entering the mouth, it is fine bodied, smooth, nicely concentrated and amply fruited, delivering great length and focus. Liner and highly aromatic, it’s modernist Dao style at its very best. Sells for 11-12eu locally. Tasted 10.2012 

Julia Kemper Tinto 2009 13.5% This blend of 50% Touriga Nacional with Roriz, Jaen, and Alfrocheiro was tasted freshly bottled and may have suffered from bottle shock. Compared to the cooler 2008 vintage, I found a relatively homogenized nose with more fruit and oak showing, but less of 2008s lovely aromatics. It had beautifully focused red fruits on palate with good length and ripeness. Overall it was more commercially attractive than the 08, but for my tastes, less interesting. Given more time in bottle it may all come together. Tasted 10.2012