Herdade do Peso

Alentejo, alentejo Portugal

The Guedes family had always rated the quality of the Herdade do Peso grapes – they had been using them in their Vinha do Monte wines since the early 1990s – and jumped at the opportunity to purchase the estate in 1996. Situated in the south of the Alentejo, in the commune of Vidígueira, the Herdade do Peso estate covers a total of 457 hectares, 120 hectares of which are currently under vine.

Despite its southerly location, Vidígueira is one of the cooler Alentejo sub-regions and benefits from cool Atlantic air funnelled inland by a gap in the surrounding mountains. The limestone soils of the estate also lend elegance to the wines. The vineyards are planted predominantly to red varieties, with just eight hectares planted to white varieties. A lot of work has gone into mapping the 12 different soil types on the estate and each variety is matched to its ideal plot. All of the vineyards are sustainably farmed and an on-site dam provides water to irrigate the vineyards during the Alentejo summers.

The talented Luís Cabral de Almeida, who has a post-graduate degree from Australia’s Charles Sturt University and worked for many years in the Finca Flichman winery in Mendoza, leads the winemaking team. Luís is very involved in the management of the Herdade do Peso vineyards and believes that “the oenologist’s primary role is to interpret nature”. The Herdade do Peso wines reflect the unique sense of place of Vidígueira, they are exuberant, ripe and generous, yet kept in balance by a refreshing acidity.

‘Sossego’ translates as ‘tranquility’ and evokes the peaceful Alentejo countryside. The white is a blend of Antão Vaz, Arinto and Roupeiro. Unoaked, it is fresh and vibrant with bright citrus and stone fruit aromas. The rosé blends Aragonez, Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira grapes, harvested early to retain a refreshing acidity. The red is a blend of Aragonez (Spain’s Tempranillo), Syrah and Touriga Nacional. Aged for six months in used French oak barrels, it marries ripe and juicy red and black fruit flavours with a subtle spiciness.

‘Trinca Bolotas’ meaning ‘acorn muncher’ and is a nod to the acorn-eating Iberian black pigs native to the Alentejo region. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet and Aragonez, 30% of the blend is aged in French oak for six months, lending a lovely spiciness to the ripe and juicy blackberry, black cherry and plum flavours. The Colheita Tinto undergoes 12 months of ageing in used French oak and blends Syrah with Alicante Bouschet and Touriga Nacional. It has a lovely brooding black fruit intensity with a peppery spiciness and velvety tannins.

The Herdade do Peso Reserva is a sumptuous red, made only in the best vintages from hand-selected berries from the best plots on the estate. The 2017 is a blend of Alicante Bouschet, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 12 months in a combination of new and first use French oak, the wine marries intense aromas of ripe and juicy raspberries with spicy notes of pepper and tobacco.


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