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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 de Pegões was founded in 1958. The cooperative is made up of 140 winegrowers and has access to over 1,100 hectares of vineyard located in the Terras do Sado area of the Setúbal peninsula. This coastal area benefits from mineral-rich sandy soils and cooling Atlantic winds. Santo Isidro de Pegões is one of the most forward thinking cooperatives in Portugal and their chief winemaker, Jaime Quendera one of Portugal's most respected winemakers. In 2017 they were awarded the Portuguese Wine Producer of the Year Trophy from the IWSC.
The 2016 season started off with a dry and warmer winter than in average years, followed by a cold spring. Heavy rain during the early summer replenished the water reserves in the soil, ready for the warm summer that followed. The grapes reached good maturity with balanced acidity and sugar levels.
The Pegões vineyard is located between two Nature Reserves: the Tagus estuary to the Northwest and the Sado on the Southwest. To the east are the Arrabida hills and to the west the Alentejo province's clays. The unique soil here is named "Pliocenico de Pegões". It is a sandy soil formed over millions of years by sand transported by the rivers Tagus and Sado. It is this Mediterranean climate and soil combination that creates this unique Pegões terroir.
The grapes were macerated for an extended period to extract colour, fine tannins and flavours. This was followed by a temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine was then aged for nine months in American and French oak barrels, with a further six months in bottle, before being released.
Intense aromas of red berries, spice and a hint of vanilla while young, evolving later into aromas of dried fruits, chocolate, spices and coffee. A well structured and smooth wine with a soft and fruity mouthfeel, complemented by attractive coffee notes on the lingering finish.
A great match for a cured ham or slow roasted pork belly.
Castelão 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, Touriga Nacional 10%
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