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.
A blend of Aragonez, Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet and Trincadeira grown sustainably on ancient clay over limestone soils in own vineyards surrounding our estate in Vidigueira. Each parcel was harvested separately according to ripeness. 30% of the grapes were not destemmed.
Fermentation is done in local, raw clay amphorae of 600 kg, unusual in that the vessels are not lined with beeswax or epoxy, but unlined to allow for greater contact between the wine and the clay. The porosity of the clay allows the wine to respire, controlling the temperature in a natural way. Fermentation lasts for 6 to 7 days, with daily punch downs, manually stirring with a wooden paddle to submerge the cap.
After fermentation, the wines are pressed, and transferred to smaller 150L unlined clay amphorae, of a shape allowing the wine to be completely sealed with a bung, so the only (micro)oxygenation taking place is the respiration between the porous raw clay and the wine. The wine is aged for 14 months, where a natural evaporation and subsequent concentration of the wine takes place. Bottled at the estate in March 2018.
Earthy aromas develop into iron rust, tomato leaf and liquorice. Firm and fresh, the palate fills with ripe fruit with persimmon and blackberries, framed by raw clay tannin and balancing acidity. A savoury note lifts the wine towards a long, sinewy finish.
Appellation: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varieties: 50% Aragonez, 15% Syrah, 15% Touriga Nacional, 10% Alicante Bouschet,10% Trincadeira
Sustainable Viticulture: Proteção Integrada
Total Acids: 5.10
Final pH: 3.60
Total Sugar: 0.6
Aged in Clay Amphora
Grown, produced and bottled on the family estate.
Available in bottles of 75cl for online shopping
17 – Jancis Robinson
89 – Robert Parker
Vintage 2015 – 90 – Robert Parker
Vintage 2015 – 17 – Jancis Robinson
Vintage 2015 – 17 – VINHO Grandes Escolhas.
Vintage 2015 – 17 – Revista de Vinhos
Vintage 2014 – 88 – Robert Parker
Vintage 2014 – 16,5 – Revista de Vinhos