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Producer: Santo Isidro de PegoesGrape Varieties: 100% Castelao (Periquita)Optimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Full bodied red wineAlcohol by Volume: 13%Country: 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 vine growers 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 Vinification: Sandy soils. 10-20 year old vines. Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel vats followed by long pellicular maceration.
Tasting Note: Ruby red, an intense flavour of red berries and hints of chocolate and spice. Full bodied with balanced tannins and a satisfying finish.
Serve: 16-18 ◦C. Drink with game, red meat or rich pasta dishes.
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