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, 160 hectares of which are currently planted with vines. 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 are planted predominantly with red varieties (Aragonês, Trincadeira, Alfrocheiro, Periquita, Moreto and Touriga Nacional) with just eight hectares dedicated to white varieties (Antão Vaz, Arinto and Roupeiro). All of the vineyards are sustainably farmed and an on-site dam provides water to irrigate the vineyards during the Alentejo summers.

Winemaker Luís Cabral de Almeida's wines reflect the warmer climate of the Alentejo. 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 (Spain’s Tempranillo and also known as Tinta Roriz in the Douro and Dão). A short maceration and fermentation at 26˚C for seven days has resulted in a deeply coloured wine with soft tannins, while ageing just a proportion of the wine in used French oak has ensured there is a strong emphasis on fruit in the finished wine.

The Colheita Tinto is equally impressive. The Syrah, which comprises the majority of the blend along with Alicante Bouschet and Touriga Nacional, gives a lovely lift to the dark fruit character of this wine. Ageing in used French oak for 12 months has also woven some nice cedary characters into its dark fruit fabric.

The Sossego white is a blend of Antão Vaz, Arinto and Roupeiro. This unoaked wine is fresh and vibrant with peach and pear aromas. The Sossego 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 a blend of Aragonês, Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira grapes, which were harvested early to retain their natural acidity and freshness.

Herdade do Peso’s top wine is the Reserva - a sumptuous red made only in the best vintages from hand-selected berries from the best plots on the estate. The 2015 is a blend of Syrah, Aragonês, Alicante Bouschet and Touriga Nacional. Aged for 12 months in a combination of new and first use French oak, the wine marries brooding black fruit intensity with spicy notes of pepper and tobacco.


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