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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.
Extreme weather was seen across the wine world in 2017 and Spain was no exception. Drought was the major issue with no rain falling between March and August. Luckily, a welcome spell of rain fell during the first week of September, allowing the vines to complete the ripening process. Harvest was, on average, two weeks ahead of schedule.
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.
This wine is bright gold in colour with youthful 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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