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 Luis Cabra de Almeida is married to Beatriz from Quinta do Carvalhais. His wines, reflecting the warmer climate of Vidígueira, are generous and rich, and all the vineyards are farmed sustainably.
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 2015 wine-growing year started with a lot of rain, evolving into a dry and cold winter. Spring was drier than in previous years, with some occasional rain having helped in the favourable development of the vine. Summer was marked by hot, dry weather. The typical cool nights of the Vidigueira region were slow to arrive, which meant a more thorough job of selecting the fruit was required to avoid overripeness in the overall crop. This ensured that the resulting wines retained freshness and balance.
After destemming and gentle pressing, the must was left to macerate for three to four days prior to fermentation, to increase the aromatic and phenolic complexity. Alcoholic fermentation took place at a controlled temperature of 26ºC for approximately seven days. After malolactic fermentation, the wines were transferred to French and Caucasian oak barrels, where they remained for around six months. The wine was bottled without cold stabilisation, so it may throw a slight deposit after bottle ageing.
Very bright red colour. Highly intense aroma dominated by components of red fruit and ripe black fruit – blackberry, raspberry and plums. Dense on the palate, with high-quality tannins, well-balanced acidity and a long finish.
|Grape varieties||44% Alicante Bouchet
40% Touriga Nacional
|Winemaker||Luís Cabral de Almeida|
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