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2016 vintage was marked by atypical weather. A warm and dry winter preceded a cold, wet spring. Summer was hot and dry, allowing for undisturbed ripening.
This blend of Aragonez, Syrah and Pinot Noir results from the fusion of two distinct terroirs. Pinot Noir, grown in sandy soils in our cool, Alentejan Atlantic coastal vineyards, provides freshness and elegance to balance the fruit generosity of the Aragonez and Syrah grown further inland, on the ancient clay over limestone soils surrounding the Estate. Viticulture certified sustainable.
Each 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 Pinot Noir was aged in used French oak barriques for 10 months, while the Syrah and Aragonez aged in tank on fine lees. The wine was blended and bottled at the estate on July 2017.
Appellation: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varieties: 55% Aragonez, 30% Pinot Noir, 15% Syrah
Sustainable Viticulture: Integrated Protection
Total Acids: 5.70
Final pH: 3.66
Reducing Sugar: 0.7
Barrel Ageing: 30% of the blend aged for 10 months in French Oak (100%)
Grown, produced and bottled at the family estate
Available in bottles of 75cl