One of the ‘noble’ Bordeaux varieties. A late ripener, it is better suited for warmer climates, like Alentejo, where it can reach a good maturity, resulting in wines of intense concentration and color, strong tannins and aromatic complexity, while maintaining it’s freshness, thanks to it’ s ability to maintain it’s natural acidity.
Harvest 2012, our 17th harvest. A record cold and dry winter, followed by a cold and wet spring.
Superlative summer. All in all, a quality driven vintage!
100% Petit Verdot grown sustainably on the ancient clay over limestone soils in own vineyards surrounding our estate in Vidigueira.
This single parcel was harvested separately according to ripeness. The fruit was destemmed and gently crushed, following fermentation under temperature control for 2 weeks in stainless steel tanks, with gentle punchdowns, pumpovers and delestage. The wine matured for 12 months in used French oak barrels.
Complex wine displaying layered aromas of dark berries and spice, balanced by firm tannins and acidity.
“It does show rather gracefully, though, with a fresh feel and a nicely crafted midpalate. It finishes with fine fruit washing over the palate–never sweet and never sloppy, but laced with some herbs and touches of complexity. In its understated way, this is a Petit Verdot that kept growing on me.” - DRINK 2016 – 2027 - Mark Squires, Robert Parker
"This densely textured wine is dark in color, and rich in tannins and blackberries. The wine is now moving towards a secondary, leather texture and spice flavors." - Oct/2018 - ROGER VOSS - Wine Enthusiast