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Producer: Santo Isidro de PegoesGrape Varieties: Fernao Pires 70%, Moscatel 20% and Arinto 10%Optimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Fruity yet fully dry whiteAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: Portugal
Cintila is made at the Cooperativa Santo Isidro de Pegoes, 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 Setubal Peninsula. This coastal area benefits from mineral-rich sandy soils and cooling Atlantic winds. Santo Isidro de Pegoes is one of the most forward thinking cooperatives in Portugal and their chief winemaker, Jaime Quendera one of Portugal's most respected winemakers. Cintila, which means "shine" or "sparkle" is a dazzling range of fruit-driven wines which represent excellent value-for-money.
Temperatures during the summer months of 2018 were exceptionally hot, resulting in berries with concentrated flavours and slightly lower levels of acidity. The quality of the fruit is high it is a vintage with great promise.
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 grapes underwent a light pellicular maceration followed by fermentation which took place in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation and was made in an unoaked style. As a result, the style of the wine is fresh, pure and aromatic.
Intense fruity aromas with hints of sun-ripened peach and spice. Creamy and fruity on the palate, with good structure and a pleasant, persistent finish.
Delicious with fish, salads and shellfish, also accompanies lightly spiced food.
Fernão Pires 100%
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