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Alfaiate - white table wine

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White Table Wine

It is a fantastic white wine with a clear, light-colored.

In the nose have a very initial subtle aroma to pineapples, followed by fruits of white pulp, apple and pear.

In the mouth is refreshing but with non-aggressive acidity, rather full of elegance.

We can say without doubt that it is a wine very elegant.

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Delivery: 2 to 6 weeks

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Export Box: 6 bottles

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Grape varieties: Sercial (Esgana-cão), Galego Dourado, Arinto e Antão Vaz

No. of bottles produced in 2016 vintage: approx. 10,000

Acidity: 7.5 g/L
pH: 3.17
Sugar: 4.2
ABV: 12%

Tasting notes:

Translucent colour with a very discreet initial aroma to pineapple, followed by apple and pear aromas. In the mouth, a tremendous and refreshing nonaggressive acidity, rather full of elegance where, once again, apples and pears are present. A very mineral and persistent finale. Very elegant.

Vinification:

Fermentation in French oak vats. Every 2 weeks, a smooth batonnage until bottling.

Awards and Features:

Top 10 Great Wines of 2015 by the Portuguese wine magazine Wine - Essência do Vinho

The Grapes

Sercial (Esgana-cão)

Sercial is a light-skinned Portuguese grape variety, increasingly rare and now planted almost exclusively on the volcanic island of Madeira. It has been suggested that it is the same variety as Esgana Cao (dog strangler), which is still grown and used on the mainland.

The base wines have high acidity, and can be aromatic. This grape variety makes rich, aromatic dry whites wines.

Bunches of tiny yellowish-green grapes are small and compact.

Arinto

One of the oldest and most traditional Portuguese grape varietals, Arinto is characterized by its elevated natural acidity, conferring acidity, structure and excellent aging potential in wines. Because of this, it is often used in blended wines in which it imparts freshness, minerality and longevity; gaining elegance and complexity as it evolves.

Arinto is also often used in the production of sparkling wines and is the third most planted grape varietal in the Setúbal Peninsula. In the nose, it exudes notes of mineral, green apple, lemon and lime.

Galego Dourado

Fertile, vigorous, not very productive, early budding and ripening. Susceptible to coulure, downy and powdery mildews and especially to botrytis bunch rot. Best suited to clay-limestone soils.

Galego Dourado continues to survive on Portugal’s Atlantic coast around Lisbon despite severe urban encroachment on its vineyards. It is one of the principal varieties in the sweet, fortified blended wines from the Carcavelos appellation.

Wines are generally rounded, full-bodied and aromatic.

In the last decades it has become a variety of rare grapes.

Antão Vaz

This is one of the most prized varieties of the Alentejo and the Setubal Peninsula wines, until recently grown almost exclusively around Vidigueira. Well suited to the warm and sunny climate, it is reliable and productive, consistent in its ripening.

The brunches are big and not too tightly packed, the grapes large, with tough skins. As a rule it produces firm, full-bodied, well-structured wines. Made as a single variety, it has lively aromas, with hints of ripe tropical fruits, tangerine peel and something mineral, along with good structure and body. If picked early, it gives wines with vibrant aroma and crisp acidity. Left to ripen longer, it can reach high levels of alcohol, making it a good candidate for barrel maturation. It is often blended with Roupeiro and Arinto, which contribute refreshing acidity.

The region

Located in the Alentejo region, close to the Atlantic and part of the demarcated wine region of “Península de Setúbal”, the vineyard faces the village of S. Romão, which used to be a pilgrimage stop on the way to Santiago de Compostela.

Just 1 h hour drive from Lisbon (South), it has a wonderful temperate microclimate - warm days and cold nights - affected both by being close to the ocean and to the Alentejo province.

Crossed by the river Sado and covering around 142 ha - 15 ha of vineyards, 38 ha rice fields and 79 ha forest (cork and pine trees) - the history of this place goes back to the ancient times of Roman occupation.

The vineyards and the grape varieties

As a result of its unique geographic location, the wine making choices at the vineyard are innovative and rather distinctive in style and personality.

The 15 ha vineyards were planted in 2002. An extra 10 ha will be planted shortly which will allow for the doubling of its current production. From these, 8 ha will be located by the Atlantic shore.

Different options were taken in terms of grape varieties and a considerable investment was made in the red varieties: Aragonez | Cabernet Sauvignon | Petit Verdot | Touriga Franca| Touriga Nacional | Sangiovese

In 2011, investment was made in white wine grape varieties and the new wines were launched in 2013: Sercial (Esgana-cão) | Galego Dourado

The winery and the production process

The whole production process is undertaken in keeping with a philosophy of consummate preservation in order to obtain top quality raw material. There is little intervention by man, allowing the wine to express its vigour and potential on its own. The wine harvest is carried out by hand and the bunches of grapes undergo a twofold selection procedure.

The modern winery has revived a series of traditional vinification processes which are currently considered state-of-the-art amongst the best wines, in particular fermentation in French oak vats.

Production is limited in order to produce a complexity of aromas, colour and flavour in the grape - an essential condition for the production of wines of exceptional quality.

The wine is matured in oak casks and then in bottle for at least a year before it is released onto the market.

All the wines are single vineyard and estate bottled.

The Wines

The wines of the vineyard enjoy a very intense and complex character allied to an extraordinary elegance and freshness.

These are characteristics which originate in their “terroir”, the key feature which sets them apart from all others.

These wines are especially made for the discerning, educated and sensitive consumer who enjoys distinctive products /experiences.

A distinction which can be felt in an enthralling region, in the producer’s passion for what he does and in his dedicated commitment to the production process.

An allurement which starts with the first sip…