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Producer: Herdade do PesoGrape Varieties: 75% Aragonez/Aragonês, 15% Syrah/Shiraz, 10% Touriga NacionalOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Rounded slightly spicy redAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%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
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.
Like the rest of Portugal, this region suffered from a severe lack of water throughout the growing season with high daytime temperatures only being tempered by the cooling effect of the high altitude. Harvest was very early and yields were much lower than average. The region suffered a series of wildfires due to the extreme dry conditions and many vineyards were damaged and in some cases, completely destroyed. However, despite the atypical harvest year, the resulting wines have great balance, elegance and concentration.
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.
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