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Producer: Herdade do PesoGrape Varieties: 75% Antão Vaz, 20% Arinto/Pedernã, 5% RoupeiroOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Light fresh, dry yet fruityAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: Portugal
This 160-hectare property has been owned by the Guedes family since 1996.
It is situated in the southern part of the Alentejo, on the limestone soils of Vidígueira. As this is the warmest part of the region, it has 152 hectares of red varieties (Aragonês, Trincadeira, Alfrocheiro, Periquita, Moreto and Touriga Nacional) and only eight hectares of white grapes (Antão Vaz and Arinto). Winemaker Luís Cabral de Almeida makes fruit-expressive wines that reflect the warmer climate of Vidígueira.
Herdade do Peso’s sustainably-farmed vineyard is located in Pedrogão within the Vidígueira commune, where the climate is warm and sunny with little rainfall. The property includes a dam, which occupies 20 hectares and provides much-needed water to irrigate the vineyard. The soils here are mainly limestone. After ripening assessments, the grapes were harvested separately at their optimum point of aromatic and acidic ripeness.
The start of the year was dry and warm, triggering budbreak one to two weeks earlier than in 2015. Below average temperatures in spring mitigated the early start to the season. Vegetative growth was subsequently slower and flowering and ripening occurred later, but there was still plenty of fruit. Summer was very hot, both day and night, affecting the rate at which vines matured. The harvest started on 18th August and continued for almost two months.
After the harvest, the grapes were de-stemmed and gently pressed. After 24 hours the wine was racked to fermentation vats, where it fermented at 16ºC for 16 days. After fermentation, the wines remained in vats for around three months. The wine underwent gentle fining, stabilisation and filtration before bottling.
Bright gold in colour with green hues. On the nose, aromas of citrus blossom arise over ripe pear and peach notes. On the palate, the wine is full of juicy white fruit flavours. Lively acidity balances the wine and leads to a long and fresh finish.
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