Country: Portugal
Region: Lisboa
Climate: Atlantic influence, typically cool mornings and hot afternoons.
Soil Type: Calcareous clay
Classification: Vinho Regional Lisboa
Type: White
Grape Varieties: 100% Fernão Pires
Tasting Notes: Pale citric yellow. Pear aromas with some passion fruit and minerality. An explosion of fruit on the palate, with a rich, herbaceous touch. Good body and structure, while the right acidity punctuates a long finish.
Food Pairing: Serve between 10 and 12ºC with grilled fish, seafood and salads. Owing to the wine’s structure, it also matches perfectly with white meats and cod fish.
Alcohol: 12.5% vol.
Vineyard: Two vineyards on south-facing slopes: one near the top of the hill, where poor soils and high sun exposure produce warmer, concentrated fruit expression; the other in the valley bottom yielding crisp minerality thanks to cool deep soils with less sun exposure.
Winemaking & Ageing: The grapes were handpicked in three stages, with weekly intervals, in order to retain acidity and freshness on one end and richness and fruit on the other. Grapes arrive to the winery in 20 kg boxes. Smooth pressing of whole bunches by pneumatic press to extract the juice delicately; it is allowed to settle for one day at 7ºC to decant the clearest must. 80% fermented in steel vats at very low temperatures (10/12ºC). The three lots were blended after fermentation.
Bottling: December 2014
Production: 4,920 bottles of 0.75l each
Footnote: We managed to harvest everything just before the rains came - 2014 is turning out to be one of the most balanced years with lovely forward fruit.
Ageing: Bottled after 3 months in tank in order to maintain its aromatic potential.
Total Acidity: 5.8 g/l
Volatile Acidity: 0.44 g/l
pH: 3.19
Residual Sugar: 1.3 g/l
Viticulture: James Frost
Winemaker: António Moita Maçanita
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