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An exceptionally early and compressed harvest, resulting from one of the hottest and driest years in decades.
Cortes de Cima Branco is a blend, a union of 2 distinct grapegrowing areas. Alvarinho and Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown at our cooler Alentejan Atlantic coast vineyards, are blended with Viognier grapes grown in the warmer interior at Cortes de Cima.
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. Partially barrel aged for 8 months in French Oak (65% total volume), and then blended to give balanced varietal fruit and oak complexity. Estate bottled in July 2018.
The coastal climate contributes with acidity and salinity, blended with the creamy, riper fruit from the interior. Lifted exotic aromatics showing lime and grapefruit with some tropical passion fruit notes. Creamy palate with layered fruit, solid, complex and well balanced.
Appellation: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varieties: 52% Alvarinho, 25% Viognier and 23% Sauvignon Blanc
Sustainable Viticulture: Integrated Protection
Total Acids: 5.7
Final pH: 3.20
Total Sugar: 1.0
Barrel Ageing: Partially barrel aged for 8 months in French Oak (65% total volume).
Grown, produced and bottled at the family estate
Available in bottles of 75cl