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Producer: Herdade do PesoGrape Varieties: 60% Aragonez/Aragonês , 30% Touriga Nacional, 10% Trincadeira/Tinta AmarelaOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Crisp, dry refreshing roseAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: Portugal
Herdade do Peso is situated in the southerly Alentejo sub-region of Vidígueira and was purchased by the Guedes family in 1996. The estate covers a total of 457 hectares, with 120 hectares of sustainably farmed vineyard, olive trees over 1,000 years old and an on-site reservoir. The talented Luís Cabral de Almeida is at the winemaking helm. He believes that “the oenologists primary role is to interpret nature” and makes expressive and generous wines that reflect the unique sense of place of this spectacular estate.
Despite its southerly location, Vidígueira is one of the cooler Alentejo sub-regions and benefits from cool Atlantic air funnelled inland from the coast by a gap in the surrounding mountains. The vineyards are planted on rolling hills and 12 different soil types have been identified with a predominance of limestone, which controls vine vigour and lends elegance to the wines. Precision viticulture is carried out on the estate and each grape variety has been matched to its ideal plot. All of the Herdade do Peso vineyards are sustainably farmed and the on-site reservoir provides much-needed water to irrigate the vineyards during the warm Alentejo summers.
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.
The grapes for the Sossego rosé were harvested early to retain their natural acidity and freshness. Upon arrival at the winery the grapes were put in the cool room to lower their temperature before pressing to preserve maximum aromatics. Direct pressing and very limited time on the skins resulted in a pale pink colour. Fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 16ºC for a period of 18 days. The wine is unoaked and was kept in stainless steel for around three months before it was fined, filtered, cold stabilised and then bottled.
This rosé has an attractive pale pink colour. The wine is bursting with fragrant aromas of red cherries, raspberries and wild strawberries. On the palate a lively acidity carries the bright fruit flavours onto the crisp and refreshing finish
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