One of the choicest and most traditional, single-cultivar Alentejo olive oils. Galega is considered the oldest of indigenous cultivars in the Alentejo and it is prized for its finesse, its malic and occasionally sweet, nutty character.
Prized for its finesse, its malic and occasionally sweet, nutty character.
Highly drought-resistant, the 31 hectares of Galega are low-yielding and high in concentration and quality. 100% Extra Virgin quality.
Courellas Olive Oil
A blend of oils from the Galega olive and the spicier Cobrançosa – generally a lighter olive oil, perfect for salads and for serving with freshly baked bread, but also for gourmet cooking. In this blend we like to prioritise flavour and complexity, but acidity rarely climbs above 0.3%.
The Cobrançosa olive trees plot is located at one of the corners of the property, known as “Courellas”, with which this spicy and fresh blend was named after.
A relative newcomer to Mouchão, Cobrançosa is particularly high in healthy anti-oxidants and is the perfect partner to Galega, providing a spicy pepperiness to the blend. 100% Extra Virgin quality.
Although bee hives are thought to have existed at Mouchão for well over 100 years, the honey was only first commercialized in 2011. Mouchão bees source their wild honey from local shrubs and trees. These include gum cistus, rock rose, lavender, broom, gorse, oleander, eucalyptus and citrus, as well as an abundance of wild flowers in the Spring, such as poppies, chamomile, clovers, lavender, irises, thistles, viper’s bugloss and sorrel.
Human intervention is limited almost exclusively to harvesting.
Mouchão honey is full of personality and expresses the wildness of the conditions in which these hardy bees labour. It tends to thicken within a few months, but can vary in consistency and in its medium-to-pale, golden-brown hue.
Cork is a culture.
Herdade do Mouchão is essentially a cork forest and is the reason Thomas Reynolds took a strong interest in the property in the first decades of the 1800’s when he was looking to source produce for his export business to Britain. Cork is essentially the outermost layer of bark of the cork oak (Quercus suber) which grows predominantly in Western Iberia and sporadically on the shores of the Mediterranean. This lightweight, low density material has been used for thousands of years in a variety of ways including bottle stoppers, fishermen’s floats and insulation. Cork trees serve a valuable ecological role, providing soil conservation and run-off control, as well as being a vehicle for water table recharge. Their acorns and shade also support a rich diversity of wildlife, often alongside farmland and livestock – as at Mouchão – creating a distinctive balance between man, livestock and nature.
Mouchão’s cork forest pastures and acorns are grazed by the autochthonous Merino breed (the Merino Branco do Alentejo). The organically certified flock numbers roughly 1,000. Vineyards and olive groves are grazed in winter, but in the harsh summer months, the flock feeds mostly at night on Sudan-grass (sorghum) or hay from home-grown seed mixes sown in the fertile valleys.
Fresh water is available from a collection of small dams across the property. As a certified Merino flock, lambing can occur at different times of the year, but the majority of lambs are born mid to late autumn. Our shepherd, Sr. António Cardoso, is one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable in the Alentejo. Flock welfare is the highest priority and we hope they consider themselves some of the most contented animals farmed anywhere!
The cork strip. Mestre Saias at work, a craftsman and poet in its spare time.
The sheep flock still graze today with the old logo of the founder of the homestead – RHR (Robert Hunter Reynolds).