João Povoa is an ophthalmologist by profession but a farmer 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. Founded in 2005, Kompassus is a boutique winery, focused on producing outstanding, small-lot wines from autochthonous grape varietals. 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. This smaller measurement allows a better use of light and helps control the plant’s vigor.
The vineyards are over 70 years old, and tended using sustainable viticulture practices. The wines are produced in the traditional style of Bairrada, and are made by one of the top winemakers in Portugal, Anselmo Mendes, who employs completely organic production methods in the cellar. A blend of 70% Baga, 30% Touriga Nacional. Each varietal was vinified separately, the grapes were cold-macerated and fermented with wild yeast. The Baga was aged in stainless-steel tanks, while the Touriga Nacional was aged in used 700L French oak barrels.
Brick red. Desiccated aromas of 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.