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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 2020 vintage in Vidígueira got off to a tricky start, with May rains causing some challenges with mildew and an attack of green leafhoppers in June. There was a heatwave in July which demanded very careful management of the vine canopy to avoid sunburn and regular monitoring of hydric requirements to prevent vine stress. Hot conditions continued in August, but without the cool nights typical of Vidígueira at this time of year. This accelerated the ripening and the harvest was one of the earliest on record: starting on 12th August with the white varieties and finishing on 17th September. Night harvesting ensured that the freshness of the grapes was preserved.
Following full de-stemming and gentle crushing, maceration and fermentation took place in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 26ºC over a period of around eight days. When the intended organoleptic balance was reached, the wine was gently pressed. After malolactic fermentation, the wine aged in second, third and fourth year French and Caucasian oak barrels for around six months. It underwent a light fining and filtering before bottling.
Bright ruby red in colour. On the nose, generous aromas of strawberries and red cherries stand out, with spicy complexity coming from oak ageing. It is vibrant and supple on the palate with elegant tannins, delicately balanced acidity and a long finish. A real winner.
Producer: Herdade do PesoGrape Varieties: BlendedOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Rounded slightly spicy redAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: PortugalStyle / Colour: Red
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