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Winter rainfall was plentiful, followed by an excellent summer growing season, mild for Alentejan standards. An early harvest with a rapid end, due to the early arrival of September rains.
Alvarinho and Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown at our Alentejan Atlantic coast vineyards, are blended with Viognier grapes grown inland at Cortes de Cima. All our grapes are grown sustainably in our own vineyards.
Harvested during the cool hours of the early morning the grapes were destemmed and pressed, followed by settling at low temperatures for 24 hours. Fermented at controlled temperatures in oak barrels and stainless steel tank, matured on fine lees, with regular stirring. Fermented and aged for 6 months in French Oak (40%), and then blended to give balanced varietal fruit and oak complexity. Estate bottled in April 2015.
The wine shows an elegant palate, with delicate citric floral notes.
Appellation: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varieties: 50% Alvarinho, 30% Viognier and 20% Sauvignon Blanc
Sustainable Viticulture: Integrated Protection
Total Acids: 5.6
Final pH: 3.24
Residual Sugars: 1.2
Barrel Ageing: Partially barrel aged for 6 months in French Oak (40% total volume).
Total production: 9.900 bottles - Grown, produced and bottled at the family estate