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Producer: Santo Isidro de PegoesGrape Varieties: 50% Castelao, 50% SyrahOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Dry Rose with heaps of summer fruitsAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: 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.
2017 will be remembered as being an excellent harvest. The grapes reached perfect levels of maturity and ripeness, with a beautiful balancing acidity. Yields were slightly down, but this is overshadowed by it being one of the best vintages for many years and the resulting wines are of the highest quality.
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 harvested at optimal ripeness and vinified immediately to retain the freshness. The fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation and there was no oak ageing. As a result, the style of the wine is fresh, pure and aromatic.
An enticing pale salmon coloured rosé displaying attractive aromas of fresh strawberries. Refreshing and bursting with summer fruits on the palate with a soft strawberry cream finish.
A great aperitif wine or serve with salads and light seafood dishes.
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