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Producer: Santo Isidro de PegoesGrape Varieties: 100% Castelao (Periquita)Optimum Drinking: Up to 10 years from vintageWine Style: Intense berry fruits and rounded tanninsAlcohol by Volume: 13.5Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Portugal
Santo Isidro was founded in 1958, after the Portuguese government granted winegrowers land in the small village of Pegoes. The winery covers a total of 900 hectares owned by 140 winegrowers producing 70% red and 30% white. The winery and vineyards are located in Terras do Sado, the coastal region of the Setubal peninsula. This area benefits from the mineral-rich sandy soils where both international and native grape varieties can be grown.
Santo Isidro de Pegoes is one of the most forward thinking co-operatives and their chief winemaker, Jaime Quendera, is a leading wine entrepreneur in Portugal, offering advice to over 20 other wineries throughout the country. The winery boasts the most up to date equipment; a computerised, temperature controlled modern winery, with 90 stainless steel vats, pneumatic presses, 1,600 oak barrels and modern bottling lines. They produce a wide range of wines that offer excellent value for money.
Grapes: 100% Castelao (Periquita)
Viticulture and Vinifcation: The vineyards benefit from a Mediterranean and Continental climate The vines are grown in sandy soils and harvested in September. The grapes undergo extended skin maceration.
Fermentation is in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks then wine is aged for 8 months in Portuguese and French oak barrels followed by 6 months in bottle
Tasting Note: Dark ruby with an intense flavour of blackberries and a touch of vanilla. Medium body and rounded tannins.
Serve: At 18C with red meats, pasta dishes and mature cheese.Evolution: Will age well for up to 10 years from vintage.
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