Herdade do Peso

Alentejo, alentejo Portugal

This 160 hectare property has been owned by the Guedes family since 1996. It is situated in the southern part of the Alentejo, on the limestone soils of Vidígueira. As this is the warmest part of the region, 152 hectares are planted with red varieties (Aragonês, Trincadeira, Alfrocheiro, Periquita, Moreto and Touriga Nacional) and only eight hectares with white varieties (Antão Vaz and Arinto). All the vineyards are farmed sustainably.

Winemaker Luís Cabral de Almeida's wines reflect the warmer climate of Vidígueira. They are generous and rich, with the reds being the stars of the show. One of the most impressive of these is the Trinca Bolotas, a blend of Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional and Aragonês (which is Tempranillo in Spain and Tinta Roriz in the Douro and Dão). A short maceration and fermentation at 26˚C for seven days has resulted in a deep coloured wine with soft tannins, while ageing for just six months in oak has ensured there is a strong emphasis on fruit in the finished wine.

Among the other reds, the Colheita is very impressive. The Syrah, which comprises the majority of the blend is supported by Alicante Bouschet and Touriga Nacional, gives a lovely lift to the dark fruit characters of this wine. Ageing in oak for 12 months has also woven some nice cedary characters into its dark fruit fabric. The Colheita Branco is 100% Antão Vaz, a variety with stone fruit characteristics that integrate well with oak. 15% of the wine was fermented in French oak barrels where it remained for six months,

The Sossego unoaked white is a fresh and vibrant blend of Antão Vaz, Arinto and Roupeiro, while the red is made from Aragonês, Syrah and Touriga Nacional. It is aged in used oak for six months, with the generous red fruit characters retaining a lovely vibrancy on the nose and palate. The Sossego rosé is vinified from carefully selected Touriga Nacional grapes, which were harvested early to retain their natural acidity and freshness. These wines are real winners!


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