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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?This is an orange wine made with a distinctly Maçanita twist: instead of relying on passive skin contact, António partially presses the grapes, allowing the remaining 10-15% of juice to rest inside the skins for one week. The wine is made exclusively from the second pressing of these grapes—and still maintains vinous elegance despite this rustic and atypical technique.
RATING HISTORY:2020 90WA; 2018 90WS
GRAPE:A field blend of Arinto, Roupeiro, Verdelho, Antão Vaz, Alicante Branco, Trincadeira-das-Pratas, and Fernão Pires from sustainably farmed vines ranging from 25 to 50 years in age.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:This wine makes an excellent pairing with cheese, foie gras, or any terrine. In a tasting, it creates a very interesting transition to red wines, due to its intensity, tannin, and concentration. Ultimately it is a wine that, like its making, is playful and exploratory.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:The grapes are gently pressed and left to macerate for a week with a small amount (10-15%) of remaining juice still inside the grapes. After one week, these grapes are pressed again, and the wine is made only with the concentrated juice from the second pressing, which ferments spontaneously in stainless steel, and goes through malolactic fermentation. No sulfur is added until the end of fermentation. The wine is stabilized with bentonite and bottled unfiltered. This is a vegan wine.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Alentejo is a large region in southeastern central Portugal, which is one of the agricultural centers of the country. The climate is Atlantic-Mediterranean, with significant temperature differences between day and night. This temperature range produces fruit with a natural combination of ripeness and freshness. Alentejo sees 3,000 hours of annual sunshine, making it Portugal’s sunniest region, and only 600mm of annual rainfall—less than 15% of which falls during the growing season. These vineyards are planted in rocky schist at 300-400m elevation above sea level.
TASTING NOTES:Honey orange in color with a very exuberant nose, showing notes of candied orange and quince. The wine has a lot of texture on the palate but finishes with great freshness.
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