- Gold - Decanter World Wine Awards 2018
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 giving lively, expressive wines.
The start of the year was dry and warm, triggering budbreak one or two weeks earlier than in 2015. Below average temperatures in spring mitigated the early start to the season. Vegetative growth was subsequently slower with flowering and ripening occurring later, but there was still plenty of fruit. Summer was very hot, both day and night, affecting the rate at which vines matured. The harvest started on 18th August and continued for almost two months.
After destemming and gentle crushing, the must was left to macerate for three to four days prior to fermentation, to increase the wine’s aromatic and phenolic complexity. Alcoholic fermentation took place at a controlled temperature of 26ºC for seven days. After malolactic fermentation, the wines were transferred to French and Caucasian oak barrels, where they aged for around six months. To preserve the quality of the wine, it was bottled without cold stabilisation so a natural deposit may form in the bottle.
This wine is intense ruby in colour with aromas of vibrant red fruits and floral notes. On the palate, it is well-balanced, with smooth tannins and a lively acidity. A perfect food wine with good structure and a long finish.
|Grape varieties||44% Alicante Bouchet
40% Touriga Nacional
|Winemaker||Luís Cabral de Almeida|
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